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How do I know if I have chronic liver disease and cirrhosis?

How do I know if I have chronic liver disease and cirrhosis?

Are you sick?: Cirrhosis (liver scarring) and chronic liver disease may exist, even if the underlying disease (like alcohol use) is over. In this case, the presence of old disease is less important than the risk of progressive disease. Liver tests, viral counts, bipsies etc all help evaluate this risk. Test of current liver function (like Albumin and bleeding) are important to gauge current function. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Balin
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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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I have chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. Am I eligible for transplant on medicare?

I have chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. Am I eligible for transplant on medicare?

Maybe: It depends on your degree of cirrhosis. The cause of the disease, your other health factors, and if it iscirrhosis from alcohol you most prove a certain length of sobriety. ...Read more

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Have hep "C" & Cirrosis chronic ystomach aches & esophageal congestion up to throat.Is this due from chronic liver disease or stress?

Have hep "C" & Cirrosis chronic ystomach aches & esophageal congestion up to throat.Is this due from chronic liver disease or stress?

Stress: Both of these may be playing a role, but the cirrhosis is far more important. Hopefully you are seeing a liver expert and having this dealt with expeditiously. ...Read more

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Is there any way to get relief from chronic liver disease?

Is there any way to get relief from chronic liver disease?

It depends: Chronic liver disease due to ? Optimal treatment is often specific to the cause of the disease process (alcoholism, viral hepatitis, metabolic disorder, intrinsic liver disease, neoplastic process - just to name few) start with your primary physician - many are good at managing chronic liver issue. More complicated process may need additional input from a gi/hepatologist. ...Read more

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How is chronic liver disease connected to hematemesis?

How is chronic liver disease connected to hematemesis?

Big veins in stomach: Blood from all intestines including the stomach and esophagus drain through the liver before going through the heart through the portal system. If you have chronic liver disease, this portal system can get backed up, and the result will be engorged or enlarged veins in the esophagus or stomach, called varices. These engorged veins can bleed very easily leading to hematemesis. ...Read more

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How could a liver function test detect chronic liver disease?

How could a liver function test detect chronic liver disease?

Elevations: Elevated Liver function tests may occur for a variety of issues from Fatty infiltration (hepatic steatosis), viral illnesses such as the hepatitis viruses, Alcoholism, increased use of medications that metabolize through the liver (such as Acetaminophen), cirrhosis, biliary disease, tumors, gallbladder disease, etc, etc. Get an evaluation for the most likely cause if you feel you have liver Dx. ...Read more

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What happens when we don't use condom and I have a chronic liver disease?

What happens when we don't use condom and I have a chronic liver disease?

Risky: Not using a condom is risk business, it puts you a risk for a number of sexually transmitted diseases. As far as chronic liver disease hepatitis c can be transmitted in that way and puts others at risk of chronic liver failure which is not a nice thing to have. Not to mention the risk of hiv, herpes which are treatable but not curable. ...Read more

Dr. Anne Larson
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Liver Diseases (Definition)

Liver diseases include genetic problems such as Wilson's disease, infection, inflammation, and cancer. The liver carries out many functions in our body including metabolizing drugs and ...Read more