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Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed? Also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals? Biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed? Also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals? Biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Not likely: Fibrosis of the liver is staged as 1-4. Stage 4 is cirrhosis. The problem with fibrosis is that it represents scar tissue formed within your liver due to repetitive damage to the hepatocytes (liver cells). Fibrosis may not be diagnosed after several years of repetitive acute damage. Review your pathology report and see what stage of fibrosis you are: early (1-2) or late (3-4). ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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 you live with liver failure and kidney failure and heart failure?

How long can you live with liver failure and kidney failure and heart failure?

Multiorgan failure: The more organs one has failing the worse condition the body is experiencing. With three major and crucial systems failing one can not expect long survival. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with liver failure?

How long can a person live with liver failure?

What's the cause?: And how bad is the failure? If it's the result of acetaminopen poisoning or acute hepatitis b or an 'herbal remedy' that was actually poison (this is fairly common), the person can recover completely if treated. In early cirrhosis, if the cause can be found, the scarring can partly reverse. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a person have to live with liver failure?

On average, how long will a person have to live with liver failure?

Depends: ... On what caused it and if it is reversible and if they are a transplant candidate. ...Read more

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How long can a peron live with secndary liver failure?

How long can a peron live with secndary liver failure?

Not long: Liver failures may mean differnt things to different people. It typically implies rising bilirubin level (yellowing of the body called jaundice). Unless the cause can be corrected, this can progress to an irreversible organ failure and death within a matter of few weeks. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will end stage liver failure last?

Can someone tell me how long will end stage liver failure last?

Depends on severity: You can get average survival or mortality data from tools used initially for determine surgical risk for cirrhosis pts. Search online for childs-pugh calculator and prognosis (the fluid drained is called ascites) (and compare with meld calculator and prognosis). You will then need to talk to your doctor about individualizing data from studies on patients that may not apply to your situation. ...Read more

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How long does it take for symptoms of liver failure to present?

How long does it take for symptoms of liver failure to present?

Varies: The time can vary depending upon the cause and the underlying factors in a given individual. ...Read more

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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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How long is it supposed to it take for symptoms of liver failure to be present?

Can be very late: The liver is a small factory that performs many functions in the body - detoxification, processing of food, generation of proteins, modulation of blood components, etc. The liver is quite large with enormous capacity because of its importance to body function. Therefore, there is a large amount of redundancy and extra capacity present. You may lose 70-80% of function before diagnosis of failure. ...Read more

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How long after your kidney and liver failure can you live?

How long after your kidney and liver failure can you live?

Not long: If these organs truly stopped working completely, survival would be short 1-2 weeks at most. ...Read more

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If someone has liver failure do doctors put them on a long waiting list and let them die? Only curious?

If someone has liver failure do doctors put them on a long waiting list and let them die? Only curious?

It is complicated: It is possible to get a liver transplant. Some people are not candidates for transplant due to other severe illnesses. Transplant surgery is long and complicated and your lungs and heart have to be healthy to withstand it. Also the liver donor must be compatible with the tissues of the person receiving it so even if a liver is available it may not be a match for the person needing it. ...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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What can I do if my dad has end-stage liver disease/ liver failure (cirrhosis) how long does he have?

What can I do if my dad has end-stage liver disease/ liver failure (cirrhosis) how long does he have?

Difficult to predict: Future, but these are serious conditions. A lot depends on cause of his liver disease and if it is treatable and his response to treatment. I have long since given up on trying to predict future transplant is option if it is not malignancy. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How long does a person have to live when diagnosed with severe liver failure and hepatic encephalopathy?

Depends: If they can tolerate and respond to supportive treatment, then can be months. Often those two diagnoses will qualify for hospice care, as not all respond, and most have other health issues complicating management. Untreated or no response to tx usually less than 1 month. ...Read more

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Is long term and short term memory loss and difficulty concentrating common after acute liver failure? What should I do?

Is long term and short term memory loss and difficulty concentrating common after acute liver failure? What should I do?

LF cause above plus: Acute liver failure (alf) is a clinical syndrome characterized by the sudden onset of coagulopathy and encephalopathy. The outcome is unpredictable and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. ...Read more

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Today a friend of mine since middle school died due to liver failure at only 24. How long will I be sad for? Should I seek help?

Today a friend of mine since middle school died due to liver failure at only 24. How long will I be sad for? Should I seek help?

Everyone's different: There's no standard time for grieving; it's different for everyone. It's normal to be very sad and not feel like yourself for a while. But, seek help if the grief becomes overwhelming, so that you are not able to do or find pleasure in the things you normally do or enjoy, or if you find you are just not able to get on with your life due to this loss. ...Read more

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I have been told that I have liver failure after a paracetamol overdose how long will it take to kill me? I'm too embarrassed to ask my consultant

I have been told that I have liver failure after a paracetamol overdose how long will it take to kill me? I'm too embarrassed to ask my consultant

Ask for MELD score: Knowing your meld score may address your concern as to how badly damaged your liver may be and how urgently you need further intervention (e.g. Expectation of recovery with conservative treatment or proceed to liver transplantation). Best wishes for your recovery. ...Read more

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I'm diebetic been a big drinker but I stop I have liver failure don't no the stage if I get kidney failure how long before I no & what happens then?

It is now known: That diabetics excrete enormous amounts of vitamin b1 in their urine. A derivative of thiamin (b1) is called benfotiamine and it has been reported that it prevents the complications of diabetes. You need large doses and you should ask your doc. If he is unaware of this important research it can be looked up on line. ...Read more

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How long will I live with kidney and liver failure and jaundice?

How long will I live with kidney and liver failure and jaundice?

Part answer: With no renal function, a patient will fall into a uraemic coma in 7 to 10 days and die within 14 to 21 days.
I defer the liver question to a hepatologist. ...Read more

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If someone has ascitites, kidney failure, end stage liver failure, how long would their life span be?

Short: This unfortunate collection of organ failures is called hepatorenal syndrome, it is rarely curable and associated with a short life span. Dialysis and liver transplant may be needed. ...Read more

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My brother had a liver transplant at age of 4 he is now 14 he had acute liver failure his donor was a living donor how long should his new liver last?

Too many variables: ...which can be explored in further depth. However, HealthTap doctors are asked to defer answering questions posed by individuals under 16. Sorry we can't be of more help. ...Read more

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Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed? Also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals? Biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Not likely: Fibrosis of the liver is staged as 1-4. Stage 4 is cirrhosis. The problem with fibrosis is that it represents scar tissue formed within your liver due to repetitive damage to the hepatocytes (liver cells). Fibrosis may not be diagnosed after several years of repetitive acute damage. Review your pathology report and see what stage of fibrosis you are: early (1-2) or late (3-4). ...Read more

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How does Depakote cause Tardive Dyskinesia or prolonged QT? Also how rare is pancreatitis and liver failure while taking said medication?

How does Depakote cause Tardive Dyskinesia or prolonged QT? Also how rare is pancreatitis and liver failure while taking said medication?

TD/LQT & Depakote?: TD is commonly caused with use of some antipsychotics & metoclopramide. Liver toxicity and pancreatitis may occur with Depakote, risk factors for liver toxicity include young age, severe seizures, mitochondrial disorders usually early on in therapy. Close monitoring at the onset of therapy with early detection of symptoms of liver and pancreatic disease will improve the safe use of Depakote. ...Read more

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End stage liver failure started jaundicing how long do I have left? An will my entire body jaundice or just eyes an arms?

End stage liver failure started jaundicing how long do I have left? An will my entire body jaundice or just eyes an arms?

First, am sorry: You are going through this. It must be difficult. In short, time left depends on so many things. End stage does mean though that it will be fatal. Time is difficult to say with out all the info. As for jaundice, it will most likely be all over as it progresses. Again, sorry to hear about your situation. ...Read more

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My father has liver cirrhosis, 2 tumors on his liver, hepatitis c-chronic, and beginning liver failure. How long does he have if he keeps drinking?

My father has liver cirrhosis, 2 tumors on his liver, hepatitis c-chronic, and beginning liver failure. How long does he have if he keeps drinking?

Cannot say but: His continuation of his drinking will continue to shorten the time he has remaining....especially 'quality' time. ...Read more

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If someone has liver failure with malignant ascites and exhaustion and labored breathing what is the prognosis for how long they will live?

If someone has liver failure with malignant ascites and exhaustion and labored breathing what is the prognosis for how long they will live?

Short: You are asking how long a person can live when they are short of breath from liver failure and ascites. This means less than 20% of liver is working. They may require drainage of ascites to breath. The life span is short and requires medical intervention. They may be seeing a liver specialist. ...Read more

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My husband in last stage off liver failure and hep c. He is bleeding out had many blood transfusion, platelets. Cancer. How long for test see what stage?

My husband in last stage off liver failure and hep c. He is bleeding out had many blood transfusion, platelets. Cancer. How long for test see what stage?

See Hepatologist: Your husband has a serious set of medical problems, end-stage liver failure from hepatitis C complicated by portal hypertension from cirrhosis and liver cancer. I suggest that he see a liver specialist, a hepatologist, to care for his condition and assess options - with a background of alcohol abuse, he might not be a liver transplant candidate but there may be other options. Do this ASAP ...Read more

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End stage liver failure, jaundice, low blood pressure, weak an dizzy. How long could I last like this? Bp has been low for two weeks 74/43

End stage liver failure, jaundice, low blood pressure, weak an dizzy. How long could I last like this? Bp has been low for two weeks 74/43

See a hepatologist: Given your history of hepatitis b and c, your liver failure is likely end-stage, meaning that it is not likely you will recover normal liver function. You should see a hepatologist, who is a liver doctor, to see whether any treatment can be given, or whether you are a candidate for a liver transplant. Low blood pressure can exist for several reasons, including infection, kidney or heart causes. ...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