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How can a person have cirrhosis of the liver if he is not a drinker or drug user?

How can a person have cirrhosis of the liver if he is not a drinker or drug user?

Most aren't!: There are a number of causes of cirrhosis including: too much fat in the liver (a.K.A. Nash), viruses that were not necessarily contracted by using drugs (hepatitis b/c, others), metabolic diseases (hemochromatosis, wilson's disease, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, etc), autoimmune processes (autoimmune hepatitis, pbc, psc) and medications. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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A friend of mine said if malaria parasites live in you for period or longtime. It can lead to liver problem or hepatitis b.True or false?

A friend of mine said if malaria parasites live in you for period or longtime. It can lead to liver problem or hepatitis b.True or false?

It's true: It depends on the species of plasmodium . Of the 5 known species that cause disease in humans, p. Ovale can stay in a certain form in the liver, and can present clinically years later. This species is typically found in western africa but have been reported in other countries outside this region. ...Read more

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Is 3 years of heavy drinking long enough for a person to get cirrhosis? Also if the person was healthy before and no medical problems.

Is 3 years of heavy drinking long enough for a person to get cirrhosis?  Also if the person was healthy before and no medical problems.

Seek help...: Heavy alcohol use is hard on the body and certainly affects the liver. Although cirrhosis is unlikely after just 3 years, that does not mean that you are not at risk for alcoholic hepatitis or causing damage to your body. Cirrhosis is the final stages of alcoholic liver disease. Get help now to change your life and you can make liver disease from alcohol something you don't have to worry about. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a person pass a liver function test and still have cirrhosis, a fatty liver or hepatitis?

Normal liver functio: All the three conditions can have fluctuating levels of ast and alt (liver functions).So it is possible to have normal lft's sometimes with cirrhosis , fatty liver and hepatitis b& c. ...Read more

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If a person has chirrosis of the liver how long could they live without a transplant?

If a person has chirrosis of the liver how long could  they live without a transplant?

Depends: Cirrhosis is an end stage result of liver disease caused by a number of things(alcohol, autoimmune, virus)in later stages one may experience yellowing of skin(jaundice), itching, easy bruising and in the final stages confusion. One can live quit a long time with cirrhosis as long as they avoid anything that may further harm the liver. Any of the above noted symptoms often mean months to weeks left. ...Read more

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If someone has de compensating cirrhosis, what is the average lifespan if the person does not get a liver transplant?

If someone has de compensating cirrhosis, what is the average lifespan if the person does not get a liver transplant?

Depends: If ascites and edema, elevated bilirubin and especially upper gastrointestinal bleeding occur, the average lifespan is less than a year. However, alcoholic cirrhosis can be treated with steroids in some cases, and this may prolong life. There are other things to reduce bleeding, and decrease edema etc., treat other symptoms (itching) that may improve lifespan and quality of life some. Stop alcohol. ...Read more

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Is liver damage from alcohol linked to one's tolerance for alcohol? Would someone get drunk quicker with a damaged liver? Or the reverse?

Is liver damage from alcohol linked to one's tolerance for alcohol? Would someone get drunk quicker with a damaged liver? Or the reverse?

It depends.: The liver uses an enzyme to metabolize alcohol. Initially, before liver disease begins, the liver can produce more of that enzyme with increasing alcohol consumption, allowing you to tolerate more alcohol. Once liver damage begins to occur, however, the liver is not able to make as much of that enzyme, and you may get drunk were quickly. If you have liver damage, you should drink no alcohol at all ...Read more

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If you have hep c in late stage is that called cirrosis? Can you take the medication :lansoprazole" if you have cirrosis of the liver?

If you have hep c in late stage is that called cirrosis? Can you take the medication :lansoprazole" if you have cirrosis of the liver?

Complicated : Lansoprazole is broken down by the liver and if the liver has cirrhosis and a lot of damage full doses may not be appropriate. Cirrhosis is advanced scarring and you can have a liver that still works pretty well or one that is failing (decompensation). It is important to be evaluated to see if there is cirrhosis. If so, all medications, incl over the counter, have to be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long can a person with cirrhosis of the liver and mild hepatic encephalopathy live if transplant is not an option ?

How long can a person with cirrhosis of the liver and mild hepatic encephalopathy live if transplant is not an option ?

Depends.: If encephalopathy is manageable with lactulose and everything else is stable (no variceal bleeds, normal protime and albumin) - could be years. If drinking continues, could bleed out tomorrow. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my friend only has 1/8 of her liver that is functioning,she also has hep c and a family trait of liver problem?

What do you suggest if my friend only has 1/8 of her liver that is functioning,she also has hep c and a family trait of liver problem?

Treat HCV, close f/u: have her work closely with her hepatologist. get her HCV treated, and manage whatever the hereditary condition is. if she's in her 30s as well may need a transplant evaluation at some point soon... (no medical quantification of "1/8 liver working" btw... liver function tests a lot more predictive in terms of prognosis.) ...Read more

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How probable is it that someone can get a liver transplant in 9 months?

Depends on how ill: Liver transplants come from live donors or deceased donors. Deceased donor organs are "allocated" by the candidate's meld score which indicates how ill they are. The higher the score, the more likely to get an organ, but also the more likely the patient is to die without a liver. With the organ shortage, death is a real possibility. So, the 9 month cut-off is not the most helpful way to think. ...Read more

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If she has cirrhosis of the liver, it is caused by hepatitis b. Can she have a liver transplant?

If she has cirrhosis of the liver, it is caused by hepatitis b. Can she have a liver transplant?

Yes: Patients with cirrhosis due to hepatitis b can get liver transplant. However, every transplant candidate has to undergo detailed work-up to ensure suitability for the procedure. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if someone has cirrhosis and needs a liver transplant, how successful is the surgery?

Can you tell me if someone has cirrhosis and needs a liver transplant, how successful is the surgery?

Very successful: There are about 6, 000 liver transplants done in the us each year. The results for cirrhosis are quite good with nearly 90% survival 1 year, 70% at 5 years, and 50% at 10 years. If the cirrhosis was due to alcohol related liver disease, of course this is limited to those recovered alcoholics. ...Read more

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Have a cousin who is a alcoholic && just been diagnosed with liver failure. Will not tell the docs that she has a problem. Can she get a trans plant?

Have a cousin who is a alcoholic && just been diagnosed with liver failure. Will not tell the docs that she has a problem. Can she get a trans plant?

Yes: Encourage your cousin to discuss her alcohol intake with the doctor. Doc probably knows already. Depending on other factors heavy drinking may not prevent transplant, but alcoholism needs a daily program of recovery, otherwise your cousin is at risk for death due to other causes besides her liver failure, namely fatal trauma, suicide & imprisonment, common in alcoholism regardless of economics. ...Read more