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Is Cirrhosis Contagious
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Variable: Hard to say. Usually many years but it is quite variable and some people may never develop cirrhosis. ...Read more
Elastography: In a recent study in a large cohort of patients with chronic liver disease showed that transient elastography is an efficient technique for the diagnosis of cirrhosis and its severity. With a cut off value of 17.6 kPa, negative and positive predictive values for the diagnosis of cirrhosis were 92% and 91%, respectively. All tests have some measure of false negative findings. ...Read more
Get him regular f/u: He needs regular bloodwork, regular cancer and variceal screening, minimize any contributing factors (stop alcohol, treat HCV, etc). many people can live 10-15 years with cirrhosis - depends on where he's at. Talk to his gastroenterologist or hepatologist for any specific questions. ...Read more
STOP...Don't do it!: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question. There is virtually no value to liver flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste" or for weight loss. There are few real health benefits but significant unjustified risk. Don't use cleanser please unless prescribed. ...Read more
It will cause cirrhosis in only about 10% of the individuals. More risk if the person also has viral hepatitis, hemochromatosis and/or nutritional deficiencies. However drinking that much will certainly damage the brain in all drinkers. For a woman drinking during pregnancy may cause brain damage to the fetus as well. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/cirrhosis/basics/definition/con-20031617 ...Read more
Cant say: You may never develop cirrhosis; however, your question indicates a concern over an obviously heavy pattern of alcohol use. You need to stop drinking. (btw- its not helpful to count glasses of alcoholic drinks but to count ounces of alcohol used in order to determine the # of standard drinks). ...Read more
Steatohepatitis is reversible. Not easy, but you need to lose weight, reduce your intake of fats, if you are diabetic, control diabetes, exercise. Get vaccination for hepatitis A and B. Consult this site for more information and see a gastroenterologist.
http://www. Webmd. Com/digestive-disorders/tc/nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash-overview ...Read more
Too much: This kind of consumption is common in France and quite a few of these people get cirrhosis. A pint of whiskey a day can cause cirrhosis within as short as a decade. Your photo shows a healthy woman in her prime. Wouldn't life be better in so many ways if you were sober? For the sake of those who love you, think about your other options. Best wishes. ...Read more
Not terminal: Nonalcoholic fatty liver is not terminal but in time can develop into cirrhosis and can morph into very serious liver disease. It's important to avoid any potential liver toxins including alcohol and to adhere to low fat diet. In recent years it is taken much more seriously and should be followed by a hepatologist or gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Sometimes: As one develops jaundice, the skin texture and composition will change--sometimes called tacky or sticky. ...Read more
Better not to: I certainly wouldn't advise it unless your doctor specifically tells you it's ok. You don't want to be "trapped" some place without being able to get to medical care if you need it emergently. Again, check with your doctor first. ...Read more
Yes: This makes it unlikelyGet a more detailed answer ›
Medicine and prayer: Blood chemistry is distorted with liver disease. I am sure her doctors are using the best medicines to help rid her body of this build up, and correct the imbalance. Personal prayer is always good as an assist for the doctors to choose correct meds and for Divine intervention in her behalf. ...Read more
Not necessarily: This could be related to your liver enzymes; I would recommend follow-up with your liver specialist. ...Read more
Depends: Cirrhosis = stage 4 fibrosis, and can be "compensated" or decompensated-- like fluid build up in your abdominal cavity (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), bleeding varices, liver cancer (hcc). Many people live many years with cirrhosis, but with the complications above, life expectancy can be lower, but transplant can fix this! See a liver doctor who can discuss the above with you. ...Read more
Cirrhosis of the liver is a serious illness and requires a detailed evaluation and investigation for possible candidacy for liver transplant. See this site for more info.
http://www. Webmd. Com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver. ...Read more
Unlikely: A score that low is not predictive of advanced liver fibrosis or cirrhosis. ...Read more
Fever: You should contact your fever. Patients with cirrhosis can get sick quickly if the fever is related to a systemic infection. So a good history and exam is needed. In the interim measure your temp and keep a record. Diet is a complex and can't be answered in this format. Seek help for your fever. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with stage 5 cirrhosis about a year ago an what are some of the side effects?
Many: When the liver starts to fail, it cannot detoxify substances being taken into the body (or converted from such substances) and substances the body already makes. These "middle molecules, " like ammonia accumulate and can cause confusion. In addition, blood backs up into veins in the esophagus and can cause life-threatening bleeding. Fluid accumulates in legs and abdomen, and infections are common. ...Read more
I've read that one symptom of cirrhosis may be an altered level of consciouness. What does this mean?
Liver Failure: As the liver fails it cannot clean the blood of excess ammonia. As the ammonia levels rise the conscious level of the patient diminishes. The patient can be incoherent and have other mental facility deficits. ...Read more
Could someone with a low fibroscan score still have cirrhosis? If yes then what is the point of test??
To save U a biopsy!: NO test is perfect, but the goal here is to avoid the great risk of liver biopsy, which is the gold standard in determining how much fibrosis (if cirrhosis) is present in an individual's liver. Regarding Fibroscan, fibrosis stage (F0-2) was the only factor to predict significant discordance between liver biopsy & liver stiffness measurement. Reference: http://www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/729797 ...Read more