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

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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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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How long can a person live after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver?

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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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)?

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

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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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?

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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My aunt has cirrhosis of the liver and is in her final stange, but she continues to drink vodka, how can I help her? How much longer will she live?

My aunt has cirrhosis of the liver and is in her final stange, but she continues to drink vodka, how can I help her? How much longer will she live?

Not long: On the outside - under a year and I believe that is for people who have stopped drinking. It may be very painful too and there is simply nothing I can find to say that is hopeful. Hospice is the thought I have and their experience with palliative care will be a big help to make the last months as good as possible. If you can, try to enjoy your time together and let a pro deal w/ the hard stuff. ...Read more

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Stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver my stepmother lives with me and is in stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. She was a heavy drinker (no longer drinking) and a prescription drug abuser. I take Xanax for anxiety. She has told me that her doctor said it was okay if

Stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver my stepmother lives with me and is in stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. She was a heavy drinker (no longer drinking) and a prescription drug abuser. I take Xanax for anxiety. She has told me that her doctor said it was okay if

You give her yours?: Don't believe it. No ethical or competent physician would ever tell anyone to take someone else's medication. People with histories of alcohol are at very high risk of abusing benzos, and especially xanax, which has a very high abuse potential. If a doctor wants to prescribe anti-anxiety agents for her, there are far safer ones for her, and she needs to get her own medication from her own md. ...Read more

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

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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How long can lactulose work for a person with end-stage liver cirrhosis?

How long can lactulose work for a person with end-stage liver cirrhosis?

Depends: Every patient follows the same path in end stage liver disease, the issue is the timing. Eventually, the lactulose might not be enough to treat hepatic encephalopathy and other measures may need to be considered such as rifaximin. ...Read more

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How long do you have with advanced stage 4 liver cirrhosis? How many stages are there?

4: There are four stages of fibrosis (scarring) and stage 4 is cirrhosis. When you say stage 4 cirrhosis--it is a confusing term since the europeans use a different classification where stage 4 of cirrhosis means cirrhosis with signs of liver failure that is much worse than stage 4 of fibrosis. Please discuss more with your liver doctor. ...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


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