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

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 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

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 more

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I was wondering what are the main nursing diagnose for end stage cirrhosis of the liver?

I was wondering what are the main nursing diagnose for end stage cirrhosis of the liver?

Don't know what: You mean by main nursing. End stage cirrhosis is accompanied by yellow skin , urine conjunctiva, extreme weakness, abdominal swelling, leg swelling, grossly abnormal blood studies. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Ultrasound, liver bx: Cirrhosis can sometimes be diagnosed by non-invasive tests like ultrasound or ct scan. Sometimes a liver biopsy is necessary to make the diagnosis of cirrhosis. Other times blood work can show liver functions consistent with cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Does alcoholic cirrhosis present/look differently from other cirrhosis causes? is it more difficult to diagnose? i mean decompensated not compensated

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

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Is it possible for a doctor to diagnose cirrhosis without a biopsy?

Is it possible for a doctor to diagnose cirrhosis without a biopsy?

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 more

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What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose biliary cirrhosis?

What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose biliary cirrhosis?

Needed tests: The major test needed are routine liver function test in combination with a test called ama and ana. If suspicioius a percutanious liver bx should be done for confirmation. ...Read more

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Give me a hint. What kind of hassle am I facing if doc suspects biliary cirrhosis? What is required to diagnose?

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

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Is it possible to diagnose liver cirrhosis or liver cancer without a biopsy?

Is it possible to diagnose liver cirrhosis or liver cancer without a biopsy?

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 more

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