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Is Liver Failure Painful
Is liver failure painful at the ascites stage ? Is it better to put them down vs letting them live out the life in this condition? What is better ?
Treatment: Other option are available for end stage liver disease like liver transplantation rather than ' put them down' . Patients who had liver transplantation had successful normal life. Concerned families can donate part of their liver , as the waiting list for cadaver donar is very very long , some may not get in their life time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have graves disease, hepatitis c, and the onset of liver failure which is excruciatingly painful. What is my life expectancy?
See your doctor: I'm sorry to hear of your illnesses. However, your doctor is the best one to ask questions of this nature. S/he knows you and your entire situation, but we on healthtap have never even seen you. Life expectancy is quite variable with hepatitis c, as it can take multiple courses. Stopping alcohol would be a good step for anyone with hepatitis c. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Won't keep you alive: The liver does multiple things - synthesizes proteins, metabolizes products to make them more useful or less harmful or easier to excrete, moves blood from the intestines to the main venous blood flow system (in the vena cava), etc. When the liver is hurt from a sudden insult (tylenol overdose, etc) or long-term exposure (alcohol, heptatitis c, etc) 1 or more of these functions can't be done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Definitely: You need your liver to live. It's the master biochemist in the body; makes proteins, bile, clotting factors, detoxifies drugs, chemicals, poisons, etc. Death from liver failure usually is not pretty; can be associated with abdominal fluid collection (ascites), which can get infected, altered mental status (with or without coma), weight loss, bleeding from varicose veins of esophagus stomach, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bad things happen: The liver is necessary for life, so if the liver fails, bad things happen. Toxic chemicals that are natural byproducts of the human body start to build up (such as ammonia) and damage many organs. Necessary proteins that a normal liver makes, are no longer made (such as Albumin and the clotting proteins). Without albumin, a major protein in blood plasma, a person will swell up with fluid.... ...Read more
Acute and chronic: Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) or chronically (slow onset). Any liver failure is characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions vital for life. Liver has many functions: cleaning the body of toxins, processing food, producing proteins and blood clotting factors, modulating blood glucose. Failure can be seen: bleeding, fluid accumulation, yellow skin, no energy, confusion. ...Read more
Blood tests: You usually see signs of this in the blood tests first (low albumin, elevated INR). Patients can develop fluid in the abdomen (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), muscle wasting (sarcopenia), swelling in the legs (edema), or GI bleeding (throwing up blood from dilated vessels in the esophagus). If you are at risk of liver failure, you should be followed closely by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Liver failure : When a patient has liver failure, it is helpful to decrease protein intake. This will help limit the build up of toxic waste products. Decreasing salt intake is also important, to help avoid fluid buildup and swelling. Your doctor may also prescribe certain vitamins. It is also necessary to avoid raw seafood and shellfish. Finally, it is necessary to avoid alcohol completely. Good luck. ...Read more
Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) or chronically (slow onset). Any liver failure is characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions vital for life. Liver has many functions: cleaning the body of toxins, processing food, producing proteins and blood clotting factors, modulating blood glucose. Failure can be seen: bleeding, fluid accumulation, yellow ...Read more
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