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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is it possible to develop cirrhosis just drinking once?

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.

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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.

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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!

Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis an end stage condition of the liver is usually not reversible. Unless the initial diagnosis was incorrect, it is unlikely to be reversible without a liver transplant.

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What is cirrhosis?

Liver damage: It means the liver is completely scarred. There are many causes of cirrhosis, and it is irreversible.

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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.

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What causes cirrhosis?

What causes cirrhosis?

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.

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Is cirrhosis terminal?

Is cirrhosis terminal?

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.

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What are signs of cirrhosis?

What are signs of cirrhosis?

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.

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