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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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Please tell me what is the average life expectancy of someone with liver cirrhosis?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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Please tell me what is the average life expectancy of someone with liver cirrhosis?

Variable: The life expectancy is very variable and depends on the cause and stage of cirrhosis, state of compensation, development of malignancy etc. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion about life expectancy for a given patient. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver. ...Read more

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Cirrhosis Of The Liver (Definition)

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver and poor liver function. It is the final phase ...Read more


Dr. Sidney Vinson
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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How bad is stage 4 liver cirrhosis and what is the life expectancy?

Dr. Sidney Vinson
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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Stage 4=cirrhosis: The prognosis of cirrhosis is highly variable since it is influenced by a number of factors, including etiology, severity, presence of complications, and comorbid diseases. Scoring systems are available to give you an idea of life expectancy but are far from exact. You should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with stage 4 liver cirrhosis?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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What is the life expectancy for someone with stage 4 liver cirrhosis?

Short and variable: It is not feasible to predict with any degree of accuracy as to how long will a given individual with a given illness will live. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver. ...Read more

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Dr. Kristel Hunt
Board Certified, Hepatology
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Age 58, non-alcoholic.have liver cirrhosis due to Portal Hypertensive.still have 40% liver working.it can be stable always or what is life expectancy?

Dr. Kristel Hunt
Board Certified, Hepatology
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Age 58, non-alcoholic.have liver cirrhosis due to Portal Hypertensive.still have 40% liver working.it can be stable always or what is life expectancy?

Take care ofyourself: If you already have portal hypertension as a complication of your liver disease, you probably have had cirrhosis for awhile. There is no "40% working" - best markers are those of synthetic function. get the underlying cause treated if possible (?HCV), stay as healthy as you can. But no, unlikely to remain 'stable always'. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Rahimi
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What would the life expectancy of a patient with alcoholic liver cirrhosis be?

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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What would the life expectancy of a patient with alcoholic liver cirrhosis be?

Depends: People with cirrhosis can live many years, but once they start developing complication of ascites (fluid build up in belly), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), varices (vomiting blood) or liver cancer, the life expectancy is much less. The way to increase your life expectancy is to have a liver doctor help manage the above, and to stop drinking alcohol as you can possibly heal your liver. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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I need life expectancy for liver cirrhosis. He has hep c with an enlarged liver and fluid around it.

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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I need life expectancy for liver cirrhosis. He has hep c with an enlarged liver and fluid around it.

Difficult to say: With the approval of the latest round of hep C medicines, hep C has become a potentially treatable illness, sometimes even in the face of known cirrhosis. He needs to see a good hepatologist ASAP. In the meantime, no alcohol, tylenol, or shellfish. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
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What is average life-expectancy for a patient who has liver cirrhosis and has developed ascites for 2 weeks and seems to respond to Lasix and aldactone? Thanks.

Dr. Addagada Rao
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What is average life-expectancy for a patient who has liver cirrhosis and has developed ascites for 2 weeks and seems to respond to Lasix and aldactone? Thanks.

What Stage ?: Life expectancy depends on what stage is the disease , is it irreversible, what is meld score need inr, creatinine & bilurubin levels to access ( model for end stage liver disease ) presence of active hep b or c eso. Varices etc . Based on info appear to be stage iii or IV if untreated not much time left , need liver transplantation. Meld score to put on waiting list. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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What is prognosis of pt of liver cirrhosis with insomnia and asciteshaving sgot 68.5, total prStein 4.5, albumin 2.4 bld urea, creatinine normal?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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What is prognosis of pt of liver cirrhosis with insomnia and asciteshaving sgot 68.5, total prStein 4.5, albumin 2.4 bld urea, creatinine normal?

It'll kill him...: ... unless he stops drinking. Period. From the clinical findings, this individual continues to be a "moderate drinker." Without sobriety, his chances of recovery aer zero. How soon? I can't tell you. Can we get through this man's denial? I don't know. Is this you? Do you want to die? Or would you like to feel well once again. Cirrhosis is largely reversibly -- IF you sober up. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?

Need to ask your ono: Your oncologist can help. Anemia can be caused by blood loss(which is common in patients with cirrhosis(GI blood loss due to varices). Poor blood formation is also common(Anemia of chronic disease). Blood transfusion can help the pateint. Keep Hemoglobin near 10 Grams. There is some treatment for Liver cancer that could be tried(the medicine is called Nexavar(Sorafenib) ...Read more

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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What is the prognosis for advanced liver cirrhosis and congestive heart failure due to alcoholic cardiomyopathy, ef 10, asceties, kidney impairment?

Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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What is the prognosis for advanced liver cirrhosis and congestive heart failure due to alcoholic cardiomyopathy, ef 10, asceties, kidney impairment?

Poor: Not good i'm afraid. The cardiac output alone is reaching a point of non-compatibility with life. ...Read more

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