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What is liver failure and how is it treated?

What is liver failure and how is it treated?

Won't keep you alive: The liver does multiple things - synthesizes proteins, metabolizes products to make them more useful or less harmful or easier to excrete, moves blood from the intestines to the main venous blood flow system (in the vena cava), etc. When the liver is hurt from a sudden insult (tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose, etc) or long-term exposure (alcohol, heptatitis c, etc) 1 or more of these functions can't be done. ...Read more

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How is fibrosis different than cirrhosis, is it reversible?

How is fibrosis different than cirrhosis, is it reversible?

Pre & post factor: Fibrosis leads distortion of liver architect........leading to distorted regenaration and cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What is a liver lesion and how does it affect people with cirrhosis?

What is a liver lesion and how does it affect people with cirrhosis?

A mass : "lesion" is a non-specific term for any tissue that shouldn't be where you are finding it. It is used as a synonym for a mass or tumor in the liver, and what it means depends on what it is. In cirrhosis, one would worry about any mass lesion representing cancer, since cirrhosis predisposes sufferers to getting liver cancer. However, they can also be the result of injury, infection and other things. ...Read more

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Hepatic steatosis. How is it treated?

Hepatic steatosis. How is it treated?

Rx underlying dx: This accumulation of abnormal amounts of fat in the liver is generally a result of some underlying metabolic abnormality involving the organ that is most important in metabolism the fat in our diet: the liver. If overweight, under-indulge. If excessive alcohol intake, lose the booze. Type ii diabetes is associated with fatty liver and obesity, but the treatment of both is weight reduction. ...Read more

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What is alcoholic liver disease and how can it be prevented?

What is alcoholic liver disease and how can it be prevented?

Liver Cirrhosis/stop: Alcoholic liver disease ends up causing irreversible cirrhosis of liver and is preventable by stoping the alcohol ingestion, thats the only way. ...Read more

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How common is liver failure with sepsis?

How common is liver failure with sepsis?

Can happen: Multi system failure in sepsis is more common than any physician would like. It is ominous and difficult to treat. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary fibrosis? Is it often fatal or just chronic?

What is pulmonary fibrosis? Is it often fatal or just chronic?

Scarred Lungs: Pulmonary fibrosis is essentially scarring of the lungs. There are many different causes for the lungs to scar. The disease can be a long-term chronic problem however in certain cases if the underlying cause of scarring is not addressed, it can be fatal. Furthermore, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is almost uniformly fatal. Lung transplantation may be a final resort. ...Read more

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What is renal parenchymal disease and how is it treated?

What is renal parenchymal disease and how is it treated?

Depends on the cause: There are many different types of renal parenchymal diseases.Some have spesific treatments some do not.Progressive disease usually results in transplant or life time dialysis. ...Read more

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How often do people contract cat scratch disease? How is it treated? Is treatment necessary? How long is recovery?

How often do people contract cat scratch disease? How is it treated? Is treatment necessary? How long is recovery?

CSD: Cat-scratch disease (CSD) s a common and usually benign infectious disease caused by a bacterium, either Bartonella henselae or Bartonella quintana.[2][3] It is most commonly found in children following a scratch or bite from a cat[2] within about one to two weeks. It generally doesn't require any treatment. ...Read more

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What is kidney failure and how is it treated?

What is kidney failure and how is it treated?

Kidneys're losing...: A wide range of diseases such as infection, inflammation, stone, blockage, diabetes, hypertension, shock, drugs, etc. May damage the filtering and concentrating ability of kidneys resulting in poor managing fluid, electrolytes, and acidity. Its course may be acute or chronic. Its treatment may highly vary depending on it cause and pace. For detail, talk with experts. Best wish... ...Read more

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How are some ways to reverse nafld is it possible or is fatty liver deadly ?

How are some ways to reverse nafld is it possible or is fatty liver deadly ?

Varied: NAFLD is not one disease, is a spectrum of diseases from benign fatty liver to severe liver dysfunction. Early on could be reversible by appropriate dietary, activity and body habitus adjustment. Left untreated, at least some of NAFLD could become serious by causing cirrhosis and liver failure. Fatty liver is not considered just a benign disease anymore. ...Read more

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How common is hepatitis?

How common is hepatitis?

Depends: Depends on which population you are looking at. Worldwide there are 300 million with hep b and the incidence of hep c is about 0.3/1000. The prevalence is greatly increased in high risk groups such as high risk sexual behavior and IV drug abuse. Prevention is your best friend as hep b and c can both cause chronic and life altering infection. ...Read more

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How common is it for people with chronic hepatitis C to need a liver transplant?

How common is it for people with chronic hepatitis C to need a liver transplant?

Liver failure due to hepatitis C is the most common reason for liver transplantation in the United States: But because most infected people don't know about their condition until it's advanced, researchers can provide only rough estimates of the risk and rate of progression to liver failure in chronic hepatitis C. Without treatment, most people who get hepatitis C remain infected for life. Infections that persist in this way are called chronic. Chronic hepatitis C infection causes ongoing liver inflammation that leads to scarring (fibrosis). As fibrosis progresses, scars gradually replace healthy liver tissue. In response to tissue loss, the liver goes into growth mode, increasing cell production and forming new blood vessels. Instead of repairing the damage, though, these changes cause new problems that are more likely to lead to liver failure than is fibrosis alone. This stage of liver damage is known as cirrhosis. Hepatitis C-related liver failure is usually a result of cirrhosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that out of 100 people infected with hepatitis C, approximately 60 to 70 will develop chronic liver disease — specifically, hepatitis and fibrosis — and 5 to 20 will develop cirrhosis. An estimated 1 to 5 out of 100 people with chronic hepatitis C will die of liver failure or liver cancer resulting from the infection. ...Read more

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What is renal cancer and how is it treated?

What is renal cancer and how is it treated?

A variety: The most common in adults is renal cell carcinoma, and it may be treated surgically for cure even if it's gotten fairly far in many cases; there are some old and some new chemotherapeutic agents that are remarkable and have surprised me by their effectiveness. ...Read more

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What is dialysis and how is it used to treat kidney failure?

What is dialysis and how is it used to treat kidney failure?

Dialysis: The process of dialysis is to take blood out of a patient who has kidney failure and send that blood through a dialysis machine. Inside the machine, blood is filtered, somewhat like a normal kidney but much less effiiciently taking out waster and water that has accumulated in the blood. The processed blood is then returned to the patient. Typically, dialysis takes place for 4 hrs 3 days/wk. ...Read more

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What stage of liver disease is indicated by yellow sclera? How is this treated?

What stage of liver disease is indicated by yellow sclera? How is this treated?

No stage: Yellow sclera is caused by excessive bilirubin in the blood. This is called jaundice. There are many possible causes including liver disease, pancreatic disease, and gallbladder disease. Jaundice is serious and needs prompt medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What is biliary atresia and how is it treated?

What is biliary atresia and how is it treated?

Obstruction of bile: Biliary atresia is a disease of infants and newborns that results in obliteration of the bile dusts resulting in jaundice and eventually liver failure. It needs to be addressed early before infant is two months old. Surgery can correct it in one third of the cases. Any baby who is jaundiced after three weeks of age needs to be worked up. ...Read more

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What is acute pulmonary edema and how is it treated? Does it require hospitalization and for how long?

What is acute pulmonary edema and how is it treated? Does it require hospitalization and for how long?

Fluid in Lungs: Edema is fluid build up within tissues, either in the cells or between the cells. Pulmonary edema is fluid build up in the tissues of the lung. The treatment is dependent on the cause. This can be due to heart failure, fluid overload, inflammation and others to name a few. You will need to see you doctor for a complete exam. ...Read more

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Is chondromalacia stage II synonymous with arthritis? How common and how serious is it?

Is chondromalacia stage II synonymous with arthritis?  How common and how serious is it?

Possible RA?: The combination u describe along with sex ; age makes me think of ra, especially if it is a very aggressive synovial reaction. 1 would expect some reaction, but if above what 1 would expect from the chondro, an evaluation 4 RA would b in order. Did ur surgeon take a biopsy? If so u will have the diagnosis if it is ra? ...Read more

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Does alcoholic cirrhosis present/look differently from other cirrhosis causes? is it more difficult to diagnose? i mean decompensated not compensated

Does alcoholic cirrhosis present/look differently from other cirrhosis causes? is it more difficult to diagnose? i mean decompensated not compensated

Diagnosed on history: One factor that makes it subtle is that the liver enzymes reflect only recent drinking, fibrosis reflects long-term drinking. So it may be overdiagnosed or missed. When it decomensates, the patient will know and testing may even be moot. ...Read more