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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.See 1 more doctor answer
My life partner as been diagnose with cirrhosis with inflam.Hepititsis. I don't know where to go from here, if he refuses to quit because he likes the so called fun he thinks he is having while drinking, and likes the taste of it. Is there any medication
Possibly: Antabuse (disulfiram) could help if your partner is willing to use this which would make drinking alcohol impossible as your partner would vomit every time tried to drink but it sounds like your partner is in denial about alcohol and the problems it is causing self. More important would be for your partner to get into aa or another alcohol recovery program but your partner will need to be willing first.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Yes, clincal dx: Although cirrhosis is classically a biopsy diagnosis, it is not always needed if there is sufficient clinical, lab, and radiologic data to suggest the presence of cirrhosis. For example, accumulation of fluid in the abdomen (ascites), bleeding disorders, jaundice, lab abnormalities, confusion and certain appearance of the liver on imaging may suggest cirrhosis without the need for biopsy.See 1 more doctor answer
I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with cirrhosis of the liver. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?
Give me a hint. What kind of hassle am I facing if doc suspects biliary cirrhosis? What is required to diagnose?
Serologies, liver bi: If you are referring to primary biliary cirrhosis, this is a type of autoimmune disease of unknown cause. Most commonly found in females. In the past, it used to be diagnosed very late in its course and usually when there was liver failure. Nowadays, and with the frequent use of blood test is diagnosed very early. Actigall/urso is the mainstay of treatment. Hematologist or gastro should monitor yo.
Yes and no: Cirrhosis is a histologic diagnosis but can made without a biopsy with almost certainty based on lab data, imaging studies and physical exam. Liver cancer (hcc) is also a histologic diagnosis, but in the setting of cirrhosis it can be made based on MRI or ct imaging criteria without a biopsy with >95% certainty.See 1 more doctor answer
Is a MRCP scan without contrast of the liver/pancreas sufficient to diagnose cancer, cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis or separate organ MRI required?
Reassurance : This is good and appropriate test for diagnosis all diseases that you mention.
If someone were to have cirrhosis of the liver, would it be ok to take 25mg hydroxyzine to go to sleep?
Yes`: yes but avoid higherdoseGet a more detailed answer ›
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.
I'm confused! I have cirrhosis & had symptoms of decompensation. Can you go from decompensated back to compensated? One dr said yes..Another said no!
Most common alcohol: Most common cause of cirrhosis is alcohol. Other causes included virsus such as hepatitis. There is also non alcoholic casuse aka nash. Other causes include billiary cirrhosis where bile backs up in the liver. Overall the liver eventually becomes fibrotic and no longer functions. This in itself leads to many other problems.See 1 more doctor answer
Need more info: Cirrhosis can be "compensated" or decompensated-- like fluid build up in your abdominal cavity (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), bleeding varices, liver cancer (hcc). You could have easy bruising, fatigue and jaundice (elevated bilirubin) as well. With some of the above, life expectancy can be lower, but transplant can fix this! see a liver doctor who can discuss the above with you.
Signs of Cirrhosis: There are many "signs" or physical findings of cirrhosis. These include: spider angiomata (small spider like blood vessels on the skin, see picture), clubbing of the fingers, palmar erythema (reddening of the palms), gynecomastia (enlargement of the breasts in males), enlargement of the liver and spleen, ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdomen), jaundice (yellowing of skin) and many more.See 1 more doctor answer
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