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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

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...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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Is it possible two Fibroscans could miss end-stage cirrhosis?

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

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What do you suggest if my dad has cirrhosis, what should I do?

What do you suggest if my dad has cirrhosis, what should I do?

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

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If you have cirrhosis, can using the Advocare cleanse be helpful?

If you have cirrhosis, can using the Advocare cleanse be helpful?

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

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Will a bottle of wine a day cause cirrhosis and if so how quickly?

Will a bottle of wine a day cause cirrhosis and if so how quickly?

Depends: 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

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How long does it take to get cirrhosis with 3 drinks a day alcohol?

How long does it take to get cirrhosis with 3 drinks a day alcohol?

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

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Is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis terminal? Is cirrhosis inevitable?

Is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis terminal? Is cirrhosis inevitable?

No: 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

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Will a bottle of wine a day cause cirrhosis or what are the chances?

Will a bottle of wine a day cause cirrhosis or what are the chances?

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

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Is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis terminal? Is cirrhosis inevitable?

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

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Does your skin get sticky when your in the dying stage of cirrhosis?

Does your skin get sticky when your in the dying stage of cirrhosis?

Sometimes: As one develops jaundice, the skin texture and composition will change--sometimes called tacky or sticky. ...Read more

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Is it ok to go on vacation after just being diagnosed with cirrhosis?

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

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My grandma now in coma becos of her cirrhosis, how can we do to help her?

My grandma now in coma becos of her cirrhosis, how can we do to help her?

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

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Does the presence of itching due to cirrhosis mean that I am getting worse?

Does the presence of itching due to cirrhosis mean that I am getting worse?

Not necessarily: This could be related to your liver enzymes; I would recommend follow-up with your liver specialist. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is level 4 cirrhosis and what is the life expectancy?

How harmful for your health is level 4 cirrhosis and what is the life expectancy?

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

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My dad's just been diagnosed with cirrhosis (grade 8/18, stage 6/6). How serious is this?

My dad's just been diagnosed with cirrhosis (grade 8/18, stage 6/6). How serious is this?

Serious: 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

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Can someone have cirrhosis with a low fibroscan score? 40 readings total were taken - 4.1 kpa

Unlikely: A score that low is not predictive of advanced liver fibrosis or cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What to do when cirrhosis patient have a fiver? What traditional drug or diet is good for her?

What to do when cirrhosis patient have a fiver? What traditional drug or diet is good for her?

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

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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

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I've read that one symptom of cirrhosis may be an altered level of consciouness. What does this mean?

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

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Could someone with a low fibroscan score still have cirrhosis? If yes then what is the point of test??

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

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