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How Long Can You Live In Liver Failure Before You Need To Have It Replaced
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
Uncertain: You can live without a pancreas as long as you take enzymes at meals to help digest foods, and take insulin to treat diabetes that occurs after surgery. The major factor in survival is related to why the pancreas was removed. If it was done to treat pancreatic cancer, unfortunately, many people have recurrence of the cancer that influences their survival. ...Read more
Hard to answer: A lot would depend if any residual kidney function exists, and the disease acuity. Dialysis is only one of the options available for kidney failure; but lately, a huge emphasis is being put on non-dialytic management of kidney failure. This is called maximal conservative care. Hence, you could still treat some complications of kidney failure medically, and possibly improve mortality. ...Read more
Not long: Intestinal blockage can be life threatening. Your health care team will care for you in a hospital, with intravenous lines and fluids, bowel rest, tubes into your stomach to control gastric volume and lower your risk for aspiration. Surgery will occur at some time during your hospital stay. Okay to ask your nurse or surgeon for more details. Pain control with IV narcotics and antibiotics. Be well ...Read more
Lots of factors: There is a wide spectrum of patients needing liver transplants. Some are gravely ill, and will pass on if they do not get their transplant within 24-48 hours. Other patients have much less severe conditions and can live productive lives for years while waiting on the transplant list. Ask your doctor what your "meld score" is to give you a better estimate. ...Read more
Many factors: There is no easy answer to this question but it depend on the lavel of kidney failure, the rate of decline of the kidneys, age of patient, and presence of other medical conditions. That being said, many patients with advanced kidney failure (stage 5 ckd) will not be able to live longer than one year without renal replacement therapy. ...Read more
Decades!: While it is nice to have the whole colon, you can survive without it just fine. The colon absorbs water, so you may have more runny or liquid stools, but otherwise, you should not have any decrease in life span -- although it depends why it was removed? (for cancer: there is a risk of recurrence; for ibd, perhaps recurrence in the small bowel). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: On the cause and the severity. If it is alcoholic cirrhosis, stopping drinking can allow an individual who might otherwise live 1-2 years to live 5-10 years or more. If it is hepatitis c or b, not treating means the inflammation continues and the cirrhosis worsens, which will shorten your life. The average lifespan after cirrhotic patients develop symptoms is less than 10 years without treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does colon cancer take to develop from stage to stage? How long have you had it by the time you can see it?
A long time: Colon cancer is unusual in that it follows the "polyp-to-cancer" sequence. Colon cancer does NOT develop with a single genetic mistake from normal to full blown cancer like many others (breast, prostate). The process usually takes an average of 12 years. From stage to stage is probably a couple of years, The recent hullaballoo at the VA demonstrated that even a one year wait may not matter! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No way to say: It depends entirely on the type of cancer. Stage 4 means the cancer has spread through the body. If it's pancreas, you're talking a few weeks. Other cancers that have spread widely can be cured or controlled with radiation and chemotherapy. Cancer is many different diseases. ...Read more
Variable: Depends upon bacterial species, some are like mini- caterpillars, presence or absence of bladder reflux, or if reflux develops as result of ureteral valve becoming rigid as result of bladder inflammation. Other factors can be host resistance to infections depending on such things as bladder emptying, immunoglobulins ; quality of wbcs. Thus UTI can affect kidneys from as early as. ...Read more
Can someone have acute kidney failure, not know it and die? Or would it eventually get severe enough to where they'd know they need to seek help?
Acute = fast: Acute renal failure can act fast and as it gets severe you'd most likely know about it and seek help, but possibly not soon enough to reverse the condition. Similarly, the problem with chronic renal failure is that you may not catch it early enough to reverse or delay the progression of the disease. Testing can be pretty simple & good treatments frequently are effective so get checked by your doc. ...Read more
That depends.: There are many different kinds of leukemia. Some are curable, some can be controlled so well the patient has a normal lifespan, others are slow growing with survival over a decade. The acute leukemias are the dangerous ones, with rapid onset, high risk of death if not successfully controlled with chemotherapy and/or stem cell transplant. Even then, some of these patients can be cured. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cannot predict: This depends on the autoimmune illness to which you are referring, to the treatment received, and a variety of other factors. Many live to normal life expectancies. ...Read more
What do you advise for heart is diseased and infected so you replace it with a good heart, so why do you live shortly after the transplant?
Heart transplantatio: Heart transplantation requires that the patient be on lifetime anti-rejection medications. These have various side effects including infections, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension and other problems associated with them. It is possible to live a good length of life after transplant but on the average survival time is somewhat less than a normal life span. ...Read more
A condition characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions, which are vital for life. Liver has many functions: cleaning the body of toxins, processing food, producing proteins and blood clotting factors, modulating blood glucose. Failure can be seen: bleeding, fluid accumulation, yellow skin, no energy, confusion. Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) ...Read more
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