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Doctor insights on: Is Cirrhosis Of The Liver Hereditary

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Dr. Richard Roberts Dr. Roberts
Clinical Genetics
42 years in practice
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
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Hemochromatosis is always hereditary or congenital? I have cirrhosis in the liver and moderate iron accumulation, which one caused the other one?

Hemochromatosis is always hereditary or congenital? I have cirrhosis in the liver and moderate iron accumulation, which one caused the other one?

Need more info: How was diagnosis made? ferritin >200 with % iron bound >50%? unfortunately, the liver bx is unreliable for determining amount of iron accumulation, as one are may be normal and another area may be very high. Were you found homozygous for specific predisposing genes? If not homozygous, it is not likely genetic. Have they started therapy? Look up N-acetyl cysteine in Wikipedia.

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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


Dr. Jeffrey Tyler Dr. Tyler
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
39 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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What is cirrhosis of the liver?

What is cirrhosis of the liver?

Scars in the liver: Chronic inflammation of liver cells can result in permanent scarring to develop in the liver. This is called cirrhosis. Common causes are excess alcohol intake, viral hepatitis infection, certain drugs and hereditary diseases. Blood tests to check liver function and ultrasound examination can help evaluate the overall health of the liver.

Dr. Robert Rahimi Dr. Rahimi
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
5 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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What causes cirrhosis of the liver?

What causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Agree but also...: Other causes of cirrhosis can be metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes.

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Dr. Mark Pack Dr. Pack
Surgery
27 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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What leads to cirrhosis of the liver?

Many Things: Hepatitis c, fatty liver, and alcohol abuse are the most common causes. Other causes include blockage of the bile duct can cause biliary cirrhosis, inherited diseases such as: cystic fibrosis glycogen storage diseases, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, hemochromatosis, and wilson's disease.

Dr. Robert Rahimi Dr. Rahimi
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
5 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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What can cause cirrhosis of the liver?

What can cause cirrhosis of the liver?

Many causes: The top 2 causes are viral (hepatitis B or C) or alcohol related. Other causes include, metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes. Please see a liver doctor who can test you for the different causes and manage your symptoms.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What can cause cirrhosis of the liver?

What can cause cirrhosis of the liver?

Alcohol & viruses: Alcohol abuse, infection with hepatitis viruses b and c and more recently, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (associated with obesity) are the common causes. Others being biliary obstruction, primary biliary cirrhosis, schistosomiasis, hemochromatosis, Alpha 1 anti-trypsin deficiency and wilson disease etc.

Randy Burgett Dr. Burgett
General Practice
5 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How does cirrhosis of the liver develop?

How does cirrhosis of the liver develop?

Many things: Cirrhosis is a scarring of liver tissue that results from chronic liver disease and leads to a decline in liver function. The most common causes of cirrhosis include chronic alcohol use, hepatitis b and c, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Autoimmune disorders, medications, metabolic disorders, and biliary disorders may also lead to cirrhosis.

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Dr. Stephen Cheng Dr. Cheng
Surgery - Transplant
31 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Some symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

Some symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

Quite a few: When cirrhosis is well established patients develop portal hypertension (high pressure in the veins in stomach, spleen, and intestines) and blood is shunted away from the liver. Patients then develop ascites (fluid build up in abdomen), enlarged spleen and low platelet count, encephalopathy (confusion), and varices (enlarged veins inside stomach and esophagus) which can lead to massive bleeding.

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Dr. Emilio Perez Dr. Perez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
18 years in practice
National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena
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What can lead to cirrhosis of the liver?

What can lead to cirrhosis of the liver?

Hepatitis, alcohol: Cirrhosis is mainly fibrosis formation on liver (scarring of the liver tissue).Multiple medical conditions can lead to cirrhosis, among the most common are viral hepatitis mainly the chronic type: hepatitis b and c, other common causes are alcohol abuse and less common: hereditary metabolic conditions like wilson disease (cooper deposits) and hemochromatosis iron deposits in liver ; medications.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What are tests of cirrhosis of the liver?

Biopsy: Blood tests and imaging studies can suggest a diagnosis of cirrhosis, confirmation requires biopsy (usually needle biopsy) and examination of the tissue by a pathologist.

Dr. Robert Rahimi Dr. Rahimi
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
5 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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What are symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

What are symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

Can vary: Cirrhosis can be asymptomatic in some but in others symptoms of decreased appetite, fatigue, feeling sleepy or confused (hepatic encephalopathy) can occur. Your liver doctor can help manage and control the above symptoms as they occur at different rates.

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Cirrhosis of the liver is an effect of what?

Cirrhosis of the liver is an effect of what?

Any chronic process: Anything which causes repeat episodes or continuous episodes of inflammation of the liver over long time periods can produce cirrhosis. This is scarring of the liver, isolating segments of liver cells from the circulation and impairing their function, to the extent that the liver can no longer perform its duties. This includes infections, metabolic disorders, autoimmune diseases, and so on.

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Dr. Kristel Hunt Dr. Hunt
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
19 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Tell me symptoms for cirrhosis of the liver?

Tell me symptoms for cirrhosis of the liver?

Cirrhosis: Weakness, decreased appetite, weight loss, nose bleeds. More serious are jaundice, confusion, impotence, swelling of abdomen & legs.

Dr. Robert Rahimi Dr. Rahimi
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
5 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Any home remedies for cirrhosis of the liver?

Any home remedies for cirrhosis of the liver?

No "home remedies": There is no "home remedies" for liver cirrhosis besides controlling the underlying condition and signs/symptoms that caused the cirrhosis. I would see a liver specialist to help you determine what is the best course of action is since liver disease, especially cirrhosis can lead to many complications that can be managed with certain medications.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Cirrhosis of the liver and a cold, what to do?

Gentle cold tips.: Sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest!

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Dr. Arlene Garcia Dr. Garcia
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
28 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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What's it mean to have cirrhosis of the liver?

Scarring of the live: Cirrhosis of the liver refers to scarring and distortion of the architecture of the liver cells. Cirrhosis is the end result of an insult to the liver by infections like viruses, or substance like toxins, chemicals, medicines, or in some cases the result of heredity or autoimmunity. Patients with cirrhosis may develop liver failure.

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Dr. Michael Ekizian Dr. Ekizian
Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Home remedies to treat cirrhosis of the liver?

Home remedies to treat cirrhosis of the liver?

None known to me: Cirrhosis is considered irreversible in its advanced stages, but the exact point at which it becomes irreversible is unclear. Treatment objectives include slowing or reversing the progression of liver disease, preventing superimposed insults to the liver (alcohol cessation), preventing and treating any complications, and determining the appropriateness and best timing for liver transplantation.

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Dr. Jason Hemming Dr. Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
13 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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How can diet alleviate cirrhosis of the liver?

How can diet alleviate cirrhosis of the liver?

It can't: No diet will reverse the fibrotic changes of cirrhosis. I would recommend a well balanced healthy diet low in sodium.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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For cirrhosis of the liver, does it cause pain?

For cirrhosis of the liver, does it cause pain?

Yes, it can: Cirrhosis of the liver may be associated with abdominal pain from tense ascites or bacterial peritonitis. Pain may also occur from the complications of this disease. See this site for info. Http://www. Webmd. Com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver.