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What's the average life expectancy for someone with liver failure?

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 (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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Prognosis for total kidney and liver failure dyalisis not an option, what type of life expectancy?

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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I have graves disease, hepatitis c, and the onset of liver failure which is excruciatingly painful. What is my life expectancy?

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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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 ?

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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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?

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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My sister is 35 and was diagnosed with stage 4 liver failure. She's had hepatitis C for a few years now..... What's her life span going to be now

My sister is 35 and was diagnosed with stage 4 liver failure. She's had hepatitis C for a few years now..... What's her life span going to be now

More info needed: Perhaps you mean your sister has cirrhosis? Does she really have liver failure? Life expectancy depends on how damaged someone's liver is, and what types of complications they have had. It is hard to predict what might happen to any one person though. I hope your sister is going to a doctor who has experience in advanced liver disease. This person can help her understand what to expect. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
Daily
Take medications as prescribed
Once
Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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Is long term and short term memory loss and difficulty concentrating common after acute liver failure? What should I do?

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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Liver Failure (Definition)

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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