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Doctor insights on: Is There A Common Liver Disease As A Result Of Alcoholism

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Liver (Definition)

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


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Is there a known cause of liver cancer?

Is there a known cause of liver cancer?

Yes there are many: Almost 80% of liver cancers are due to underlying chronic hepatitis b and hepatitis c virus infection. Other significant risk factors include cirrhosis and hereditary hemochromatosis. ...Read more

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Why is a history of liver disease significant?

Why is a history of liver disease significant?

You might get it: History is a great way and very significant as the possiblity of genetic pattern though it is only 35% thereabout. ...Read more

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Is there a name for the sort of anemia that is hereditary, causing gray hair as well?

Is there a name for the sort of anemia that is hereditary, causing gray hair as well?

DKC1: The most famous of these is dyskeratosis congenita, in which the cells of the body that must constantly renew themselves eventually fail. Thankfully, it is quite uncommon. Ordinary pernicious anemia (which should not be missed) can make the hair go gray early. ...Read more

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Is aortic dissection always a result of this syndrome, or are there other causes?

Is aortic dissection always a result of this syndrome, or are there other causes?

No: Certain syndromes such as eds, marfan, and turner predispose to aortic dissection but many other causes exist. A bicuspid aortic valve and recent valve surgery increase the risk of aortic dissection. Aortic dissection also tends to run in families (even if those family members don't have marfan or ehlers-danlos, or one of the other associated syndromes. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as mild alcoholic hepatitis?

Is there such a thing as mild alcoholic hepatitis?

Yes: But that doesn't mean the underlying drinking issue is not extremely serious. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic test for hemolytic disease of the newborn?

Is there a genetic test for hemolytic disease of the newborn?

Yes: Hemolytic disease of the newborn, causing yellow skin and eyes (jaundice) with anemia, is most commonly due to a "set-up"--a blood type difference between mother and child. Blood types are caused by genes at the ABO and other loci (rhesus being most damaging), with o type or rh negative moms making antibodies to red blood cells of a or b or rh+ fetuses (if mom is o and fetus ab, baby switched), . ...Read more

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Is there a common cause of low liver enzymes?

Is there a common cause of low liver enzymes?

Usually OK: When we talk about liver enzymes, we are usually referring to transaminases (sgot/sgpt, ast/alt). The lower limit of normal is either zero or close to zero. Therefore having a low value of one of these is not an issue. Albumin and protein can be low in malnutrition or protein-losing kidney disease. And severe malnutrition will cause everything to be very low across the board. ...Read more

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Is congestive heart failure a symptom or a disease itself? What are some of the symptoms?

Is congestive heart failure a symptom or a disease itself? What are some of the symptoms?

Congestive heart fai: CHF is a symptom complex. Many cardiac problems can cause chf. Generally loss of exercise capacity, shortness of breath, fatigue and sometimes peripheral swelling we call edema is present. CHF can be right sided, left sided or biventricular. It can be caused by systolic, diastolic or valvar problems. ...Read more

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Is sle one disease or is it a combination of several disorders?

Is sle one disease or is it a combination of several disorders?

Hard answer: It may be alone or with other problems. An example would be sle and osteoarthritis. Another would be sle and gout. One disease process does not prevent a person from having another with very few exceptions. ...Read more

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Is diabetes a disease or it effect only other part of body .

Is diabetes a disease or it effect only other part of body .

Yes to both: Diabetes is a couple of diseases that have widespread effects on almost every part of the body. ...Read more

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What is a disease of the bile ducts. Would it count as a liver disease?

What is a disease of the bile ducts. Would it count as a liver disease?

Bile duct: Diseases of bile ducts include obstruction by stone, cancer cells, or infection (cholangitis). Bile ducts are within the liver, so it is considered a liver disease. ...Read more

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Is there any reversible diseases that can cause the failire of a cognitive assessment?

Is there any reversible diseases that can cause the failire of a cognitive assessment?

Yes: There are several conditions that can cause cognitive deficits that are reversible or treatable. A few are hypothyroidism, vitamin B12 deficiency, anemia, depression and anxiety. Please see your doctor for an assessment and blood tests. ...Read more

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Can there be more than a variety of the disease Alzheimer's disease?

Can there be more than a variety of the disease Alzheimer's disease?

Dementias: Alzheimer's is but one dementia, and others include vascular dementias due to strokes, metabolic dementias due to hypothyroidism and vitamin deficiencies, front-temporal dementias associated with genetics, dementias secondary to multiple head injuries, multiple sclerosis, and parkinson's. ...Read more

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Is cancer a possible cause of hemolysis?

Is cancer a possible cause of hemolysis?

One of several: Hemolysis is the process of breaking down red blood cells rapidly. The normal RBC is born in the bine marrow, has a life span of 100 days, and is chewed up in the spleen, liver and bone marrow to parts that are then used to make another rbc. Any disorder that causes the rbc's to be destroyed quickly is hemolysis. Drug reactions, large spleens from a blood disease, vasculitic disease like lupus.... ...Read more

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Is there such thing as a hereditary renal disease?

Is there such thing as a hereditary renal disease?

Yes: There are several types of hereditary renal diseases. Polycystic kidney disease is the most common. There are other diseases such as alports, hereditary nephritis, thin basement membrane nephropathy and cystinuria that are also hereditary. ...Read more

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Is there a known cause of cholangiocarcinoma?

Is there a known cause of cholangiocarcinoma?

Risk factors: The following is a partial list of conditions that some studies (but not necessarily all) have found to be associated with an increased risk for cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of bile ducts).Chronic liver disease (eg from hepatitis c or alcohol), gallstones, hepatolithiasis (liver stones), primary sclerosing cholangitis, liver fluke infection, obesity, diabetes, congenital bile duct cysts, others... ...Read more

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Is nuclear sclerosis of the eye serious and is it associated with diseases such as ms?

Is nuclear sclerosis of the eye serious and is it associated with diseases such as ms?

Not associated: Nuclear sclerosis is a description of your cataract. A cataract is a clouding or opacification of the lens (nucleus in your case) inside your eye, this can result in decreased vision with time. A cataract typically will progress with age and worsen due to sun, tobacco, steroid meds, surgery, trauma, and eye inflammation. It is not typically associated with ms. See your eye doctor for eval. ...Read more

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Is vertigo a sign of some disease?

Is vertigo a sign of some disease?

Yes, but which one?: Vertigo can be a sign of disease in multiple areas, ranging from the inner ear to the vestibular nerves to the brainstem itself. There are many causes of vertigo, ranging from benign to quite dangerous. A neurologist can help pinpoint what type of dizziness you have, what is causing it, and how to treat it. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort ...Read more


Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

An addiction to alcohol or mental illness and compulsive behavior ...Read more