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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
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What's the average life expectancy for someone with liver failure?

Dr. Carlo Contreras
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
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What's the average life expectancy for someone with liver failure?

Depends: There are 2 main categories of liver failure-- compensated or uncompensated. Compensated means that the liver while profoundly injured, can still perform basic functions. How long a person can live with liver failure depends on the reversibility of the injury and the severity of the injury. This can range from days to several months. Liver transplantation can be curative, in some cases. ...Read more

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Liver Failure (Definition)

Liver failure is a condition where the liver is not able to perform its normal functions of enzyme synthesis and metabolic support. Liver failure can ...Read more


Dr. Bates Moses
Board Certified, Palliative Care
17 years in practice
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Prognosis for total kidney and liver failure dyalisis not an option, what type of life expectancy?

Dr. Bates Moses
Board Certified, Palliative Care
17 years in practice
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Prognosis for total kidney and liver failure dyalisis not an option, what type of life expectancy?

Very poor: Unfortunately very poor however depends on what is meant my "total" failure. If complete kidney failure means not making any urine, then prognosis is typically days, up to 1-2 weeks w/o dialysis. If complete liver failure (your doctor would use prognostic tools such as meld and childs-pugh) and would consider lab values and signs/symptoms of liver failure and typically could be weeks to months. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Board Certified, Psychiatry
37 years in practice
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I have graves disease, hepatitis c, and the onset of liver failure which is excruciatingly painful. What is my life expectancy?

Dr. Pamela Pappas
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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 more

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Board Certified, Urology
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How long after your kidney and liver failure can you live?

Dr. Stuart Flechner
Board Certified, Urology
41 years in practice
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How long after your kidney and liver failure can you live?

Not long: If these organs truly stopped working completely, survival would be short 1-2 weeks at most. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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What to expect during end of life kidney and liver failure?

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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What to expect during end of life kidney and liver failure?

Peaceful end!: Both kidney failure and liver failure cause a sleep state such that patients die peacefully, without being aware of any discomfort or pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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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 ?

Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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 more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
34 years in practice
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I have been told that I have liver failure after a paracetamol overdose how long will it take to kill me? I'm too embarrassed to ask my consultant

Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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I have been told that I have liver failure after a paracetamol overdose how long will it take to kill me? I'm too embarrassed to ask my consultant

Ask for MELD score: Knowing your meld score may address your concern as to how badly damaged your liver may be and how urgently you need further intervention (e.g. Expectation of recovery with conservative treatment or proceed to liver transplantation). Best wishes for your recovery. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Board Certified, Bariatrics
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My sister was in a 'induced coma' for 12 days for drug overdose/liver-failure 6 years ago. After she woke she went permanently blind to this day, why?

Dr. Gregg Nishi
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My sister was in a 'induced coma' for 12 days for drug overdose/liver-failure 6 years ago. After she woke she went permanently blind to this day, why?

Liver failure: It's hard to say without knowing all the facts, but my guess is that she overdosed on tylenol and developed acute liver failure. When that happens, patients can develop cerebral edema and elevated intracranial pressure which can cause all sorts of neurologic impairments including blindness. ...Read more

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Dr. Humberto Quintana
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Is long term and short term memory loss and difficulty concentrating common after acute liver failure? What should I do?

Dr. Humberto Quintana
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Is long term and short term memory loss and difficulty concentrating common after acute liver failure? What should I do?

LF cause above plus: Acute liver failure (alf) is a clinical syndrome characterized by the sudden onset of coagulopathy and encephalopathy. The outcome is unpredictable and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. ...Read more

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Dr. James Cain
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
31 years in practice
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If someone has ascitites, kidney failure, end stage liver failure, how long would their life span be?

Dr. James Cain
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
31 years in practice
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short: This unfortunate collection of organ failures is called hepatorenal syndrome, it is rarely curable and associated with a short life span. Dialysis and liver transplant may be needed. ...Read more

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