how long can a person survive after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver

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

A long time

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

Years

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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.
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Dr. Anne M. Larson answered:

How long could a person survive with stage 4 cirrhosis caused by hepatitis?

For Years

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In general, once cirrhosis develops, it usually takes another 8-10 years for the liver to "fail" or begin having problems doing its job. Having cirrhosis also puts you at risk of developing liver cancer. The standard is to screen for this every 6 months with an ultrasound. You should talk to your doctor about this.
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How long can you live after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver?

Enzyme and Biopsy

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This all depends upon the blood enzyme levels and biopsy findings correlated with your imaging results. Talk to your doctor for more definitive answers.
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How long can Lactulose work for a person with end-stage liver cirrhosis?

Very Long

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People can use this treatment for the long term.
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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.

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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.
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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

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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.
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How long can a person with cirrhosis live who still drinks alcohol daily, doesn't eat very much or some days doesn't eat at all. ?

Cannot say...

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...conservative estimate would be weeks, but could continue on for years. We were designed with fragility and resiliency. Other medical issues, extent of cirrhosis (the yellow indicates severe) and compliance with treatment (even while drinking). Info provided suggests several days to few weeks.
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How long is it supposed to it take for a person to die from cirrhosis?

Varies

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It all depends how the liver is functioning which can vary tremendously in those with cirrhosis. The degree of dysfunction correlates with mortality, which may be weeks or many years. MELD score does a good job predicting 3month mortality.
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Dr. Bates Moses answered:

How long dose a person have to live with end stage cirrhosis has high ammioa levels in blood has had his belly drained

MELD and Childs-Pugh

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You can get average survival or mortality data from tools used initially for determine surgical candidates. Search online for Childs-Pugh calculator and prognosis (the fluid drained is called ascites) (and compare with MELD calculator and prognosis). You will need to talk to your doctor about individualizing data from studies on patients that may not apply to your situation.
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