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Is It Ok To Go On Vacation After Just Being Diagnosed With Cirrhosis
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. ...Read moreSee 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?
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. ...Read more
Yes: The "gold standard" of diagnosis is biopsy, but the history, physical examination, and lab tests, including liver scans and ultrasound, can strongly suggest the diagnosis to the point where a biopsy may not be necessary. New kinds of ultrasound and MRI imaging can actually determine the amount of scarring present. Most doctors will still want a biopsy to determine the severity of cirrhosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 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. ...Read more
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