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Dr. William Walsh
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For what length of time can a person survive after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver?

Dr. William Walsh
Board Certified, Pulmonology
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For what length of time can a person survive after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver?

Years: Depending on the cause of cirrhosis, whether that cause is eliminated (e.g. Alcohol intake is stopped), and how much synthetic function is left in the liver, the patient could live from hours to years. Regulating fluid and salt intake is important, and avoiding infections is crucial. Further, if the person qualifies for transplant and is transplanted, they could live a decade or more, depending. ...Read more

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Cirrhosis Of The Liver (Definition)

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver and poor liver function. It is the final phase ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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How long can a person live after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver?

Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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How long can a person live after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver?

A long time: Cirrhosis means scarring of the liver. Patients can live over ten years with cirrhosis as long as they do not have other complications like liver cancer, GI bleeding or encephalopathy or peritonitis. Once one has a complication from cirrhosis, they are defined as decompensated cirrhosis and often have an average life-expectancy of 2 years or less. ...Read more

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Dr. Hermilando Payen
Board Certified, Pathology
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How long can you live after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver?

Dr. Hermilando Payen
Board Certified, Pathology
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Enzyme and Biopsy: This all depends upon the blood enzyme levels and biopsy findings correlated with your imaging results. Talk to your doctor for more definitive answers. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Hemming
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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 due to advanced age (80 yrs)?

Dr. Jason Hemming
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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 due to advanced age (80 yrs)?

Depends on MELD: Difficult to estimate survival in patients with cirrhosis until their meld or child's score becomes elevated. If one's meld score is high, mortality in the next 3months is high. Otherwise it is very difficult to predict. Follow closely with your physician so that symptoms of cirrhosis can be managed. ...Read more

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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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 ?

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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 ?

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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Dr. David Earle
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Dad has cirrhosis of the liver and had esophageal variceal bleeding, how long does he have after surgery?

Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Dad has cirrhosis of the liver and had esophageal variceal bleeding, how long does he have after surgery?

Unknown: If you are asking what his life span is, nobody knows. There are alternatives to surgery for esophageal varices including tips by interventional radiologists, and endoscopic banding done by gastroenterologists. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with cirrhosis of the liver. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?

Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with cirrhosis of the liver. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?

Ultrasound, liver bx: Cirrhosis can sometimes be diagnosed by non-invasive tests like ultrasound or ct scan. Sometimes a liver biopsy is necessary to make the diagnosis of cirrhosis. Other times blood work can show liver functions consistent with cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Mintz
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I was wondering what are the main nursing diagnose for end stage cirrhosis of the liver?

Dr. Milton Mintz
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I was wondering what are the main nursing diagnose for end stage cirrhosis of the liver?

Don't know what: You mean by main nursing. End stage cirrhosis is accompanied by yellow skin , urine conjunctiva, extreme weakness, abdominal swelling, leg swelling, grossly abnormal blood studies. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Mintz
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If you've got stage 3 cirrhosis of the liver how long you will live?

Dr. Milton Mintz
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If you've got stage 3 cirrhosis of the liver how long you will live?

Without failure,: Life expectancy can be increased by total abstinence from alcohol ; any drugs detoxified by liver, good diet, exersze ; sleep. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Rank
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If you're up to stage 2 of cirrhosis of the liver, how long can you expect to live?

Dr. Joseph Rank
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Liver disease: The progression of liver disease is difficult to predict and depends on the source of injury. The majority of people with stage 2 fibrosis live many more years with the disease. ...Read more

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