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Who gets cirrhosis?

Who gets cirrhosis?

Liver cirrhosis: Liver cirrhosis has many reasons. Most common in the us are alcohol abuse, and hepatitis c. Other causes could be due to wilson's disease, alfa veto protein deficiency etc. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cirrhosis?

What sort of disease is cirrhosis?

Scarred Liver: Liver damage and scarring of the liver from a variety of causes results in what is called cirrhosis of the liver. Alcohol, viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver diseases, inheritedliver disease are some examples of causes of cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What is cirrhosis w/nash?

What is cirrhosis w/nash?

Liver disease.: Nash is an acronym for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, a liver disease where the organ becomes inflamed and infiltrated with fat. This pattern occurs in alcoholics, so nash is used to describe it is patients who do not drink. The cause is likely due to obesity, diabetes, & metabolic syndrome. If it progresses, it can lead to liver failure, a condition called cirrhosis of the liver. ...Read more

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Do all alcoholics develop cirrhosis?

Do all alcoholics develop cirrhosis?

No: Many long term alcoholics do some damage to their livers and some more than others. For reasons that are not understood, a low percentage of alcoholics suffer little to no liver damage. Chronic alcohol use may adversely affect every organ in the body except the kideys. If you have ever been annoyed by someone criticizing your drinking, that is a strong indication of a problem. Tried aa? ...Read more

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Cirrhosis patient can live for 20 years?

Cirrhosis patient can live for 20 years?

It depends: Cirrhosis means that your liver is functioning at a very limited capacity, without replacing that liver with a new one " by a liver transplant" the chances of living 20 years are very slim, since the liver produces so many proteins that are essential to the human body. ...Read more

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Is Fibrosure useful for cirrhosis diagnosis?

Is Fibrosure useful for cirrhosis diagnosis?

Sometimes.: Is it useful in the diagnosis of cirrhosis? Sometimes. Is it diagnostic by itself? No. The diagnosis of cirrhosis is made through a combination of lab tests,radiological exams, and physical exam. If you are concerned, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why would cirrhosis cause hyperprolactinemia?

Why would cirrhosis cause hyperprolactinemia?

Increased estrogen: Liver normally metabolizes estrogen. With cirrhosis, estrogen levels become elevated as liver cannot break it down. The production of prolactin is stimulated in the pituitary as a result of increased estrogen. ...Read more

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What is the typical progression of cirrhosis?

What is the typical progression of cirrhosis?

Progessive: Deterioration. Established cirrhosis generally progresses to liver failure. Early cirrhosis may stabilize with the cessation of causative agent. ...Read more

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Could alt elevated to 76 mean I have cirrhosis?

Could alt elevated to 76 mean I have cirrhosis?

Not per se: A person with cirrhosis could have an elevated ALT. However most people with mildly elevated ALT do not have cirrhosis. More information is need to evaluate you for cirrhosis and you should consult your doctor for a physical and may be addition tests, including imaging study. ...Read more

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Does steatohepatitis always lead to cirrhosis?

Does steatohepatitis always lead to cirrhosis?

Thank goodness no...: ...and its potentially reversible. See earlier HealthTap answers regarding the reversible causes of fatty liver please. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get cirrhosis with alcohol?

How long does it take to get cirrhosis with alcohol?

Varies: Depends on duration, dose, binge or regular/daily intake sex, other health issues, other liver issues including fatty liver, infections like hepatitis. Women are more sensitive to adverse effects of alcohol, i.e. Worse effects at same dose (even at the same weight as a man). ...Read more

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Does having cirrhosis mean the person is an alcoholic?

Does having cirrhosis mean the person is an alcoholic?

No: Alcohol is only one of many causes of cirrhosis. Other comon causes include viral infections (e.g. Hepatitis c), autoimmune disorders (e.g. Autoimmune hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cirrhosis), metabolic abnormalities (e.g. "fatty liver" disease, abnormal copper or iron storage), and certain medications. ...Read more

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What are some tests that detect early stage cirrhosis?

What are some tests that detect early stage cirrhosis?

This is tricky: You need a biopsy to be certain, but since cirrhosis is really just the later stages of ongoing liver damage, the real question is whether you have progressive liver disease. If you have untreated Wilson's, hemochromatosis, hep b or c, autoimmune hepatitis, cannot stop drinking, have fatty liver and are not exercising, you need to save your life now. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What're the symptoms of an alcoholic who has cirrhosis?

What're the symptoms of an alcoholic who has cirrhosis?

ESLD symptoms: Cirrhosis per se is largely asymptomatic. However, end-stage liver disease, manifests by ascites, jaundice, bleeding, loss of muscle mass, changes in mental status up to coma, and other manifestations that can quickly lead to death. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop cirrhosis just drinking once?

No: Cirrhosis is a consequence of chronic liver injury, from alcoholism or from viral diseases (hepatitis) or from toxins. One episode of drinking alcohol can't do it. ...Read more

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When in cirrhosis does your gallbladder become inflamed?

When in cirrhosis does your gallbladder become inflamed?

Hopefully never: There is no relationship between liver cirrhosis and gallbladder issues, unless gallstones form. Cirrhosis does not cause gallbladder inflammation. If the cirrhosis is advanced & a person has low protein levels or ascities, then sometimes the gallbladder wall will appear thicker on ultrasound, but that is not from inflammation. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to get cirrhosis with alcohol?

How much time does it take to get cirrhosis with alcohol?

It depends: depends on the amount of alcohol, male vs female (females more sensitive to alcohol damage). it usually takes a few years. ...Read more

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How long does it take an alcoholic to develop cirrhosis?

Variable: Hard to say. Usually many years but it is quite variable and some people may never develop cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What is the cause of normal sgpt level found in cirrhosis?

Not unusual: It's not unusual to have normal liver enzyme levels when you have cirrhosis. These enzymes are elevated when there's is ongoing liver damage. Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. If the damage to the liver has already been done, the levels may be normal. ...Read more

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Could I have cirrhosis after ten months of drinking everyday?

Depends: Whether and how quickly a person develops cirrhosis depends,in part, on the presence of other illness or infection in addition to alcohol consumption and use of other drugs that can harm the liver. Responses to toxins and infections varies among individuals. ...Read more

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