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How long can you live in liver failure before you need to have it replaced?

How long can you live in liver failure before you need to have it replaced?

Variable: It is hard to answer without determining the severity of the liver failure. This can be measured by blood tests. In severe liver failure, patients may develop encephalopathy and become unconscious. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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For how long can you expect to live if your pancreas has been removed?

For how long can you expect to live if your pancreas has been removed?

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

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How long can you live after kidney failure if you receive no treatment?

How long can you live after kidney failure if you receive no treatment?

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

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How long does we have to wait before you have surgery with the intestinal blockage?

How long does we have to wait before you have surgery with the intestinal blockage?

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

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How long can you live if needing a liver transplant?

How long can you live if needing a liver transplant?

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

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When your kidneys fail how long do you have to live well?

When your kidneys fail how long do you have to live well?

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

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If you have your colon removed how long can you live for?

If you have your colon removed how long can you live for?

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 more

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How many years you can live if your cirrhosis is not treated?

How many years you can live if your cirrhosis is not treated?

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 more

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How long can you live with gall bladder disease before it absolutely has to be removed?

How long can you live with gall bladder disease before it absolutely has to be removed?

Depends: What are your symptoms? If you have persistent nausea & vomiting with pain & inability to eat then do not wait. If you are having fevers or infection, do not delay care. If you are having blood test abnormalities or liver disease from gallstones, do not wait for care. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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How long will you have to live if you have stage four cancer?

How long will you have to live if you have stage four cancer?

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

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How long would you have to have an untreated UTI before it affects the kidneys?

How long would you have to have an untreated UTI before it affects the kidneys?

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

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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?

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

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How long can you live if you have multiple bone metastases?

How long can you live if you have multiple bone metastases?

Depends: It depends on the underlying cancer, progression vs. Response to therapy, age, performance status, and other issues. Bone mets can be treated with bisphosphonate (zometa) or Denosumab (xgeva). ...Read more

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How long can you live if you have leukemia?

How long can you live if you have leukemia?

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 more

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I'm curious as to how long is the hospital stay when you have liver failure?

Unpredictable: Liver failure can be caused by many different things. Depending upon what that is and how severe the liver failure is, stays can last from days to weeks. ...Read more

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How long are you expected to live if you have autoimmune problems?

How long are you expected to live if you have autoimmune problems?

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

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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?

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

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Liver Failure (Definition)

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