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Liver Cirrhosis With Ascites
What medicine can be given for patient with hyper thermia who has liver cirrhosis with gross ascites? Thanks.
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
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 (spironolactone)? 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
Complicated: Patients with liver cirrhosis develop many complications since the presence of ascites means that there is portal hyperteinsion in the venous system draining the bowel with nutrients heading to the liver. Such patients can go into liver failure and coma or develop complications from portal hypertension such as esophageal varices. A shunt has to be performed to lessen or eliminate the problem. ...Read more
What treatment or medication can you suggest for a patient diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, (already had an enlarged heart, gallbladder stones & ascites?
What is the prognosis for advanced liver cirrhosis and congestive heart failure due to alcoholic cardiomyopathy, ef 10, asceties, kidney impairment?
I am in decompensated cirrhosis with ascites present in liver area in the past. Yet my blood counts are within normal range. Is this possible?
Yes: Ascites can be a primary manifestation of liver disease despite what appear to be well-preserved blood values. In some cases, we will consider a tipps procedure to control the ascites as long as you are not struggling with episodes of confusion. Make sure you are following a low sodium diet. ...Read more
This sounds serious: To translate, you have liver cell damage and scarring (cirrhosis), which caused abnormally elevated portal vein pressures which caused venous distention in esophagus (varices). You also developed fluid in abdominal cavity, because of the high portal vein pressure. This imaging study is showing advanced stage of liver disease. You must get a specialist to treat you. ...Read more
I had a biopsy that proved I have cirrhosis. My GI said it was a slight case. Yet I've had ascites around my liver. With that how can it be slight?
Any degree of inflammation in the liver can cause some ascites. You might have a small amount of ascites. Of course, to each patient, his condition is very serious. I'm sure your doctor is also very concerned about your liver but trying to convey that based on experience, he or she has seen much worse.
Make sure to ask your doctor at your next visit in order to help improve communication. ...Read more
I have cirrhosis of the liver along with ascites and esophageal varicies, can you tell me why I am being prescribed prednisone?
My guess is alcohol: The best evidence that steroids can reduce the level of inflammation in hepatitis and cirrhosis is with alcohol-induced cirrhosis. You are probably also on a beta blocker (like propanolol or inderal) to reduce the chance of bleeding from the varices. Prednisone can only help you if you stop drinking, if you have, stay quit and get support, if you haven't your life depends on quitting-get help. ...Read more
I have cirrhosis. Recently a CT scan showed ascites in liver area. Lately ultrasound showed none. Will asxites definitely reoccur?
Family practice: It depends on the cause. If it is from alcohol, you stop drinking and healing will begin. Drugs can cause it as well. Discuss with your dr. Hepatitis c or b may cause cirrhosis that can be treated by antiviral medication. You may need to see a GI specialist for proper treatment and determine prognosis. ...Read more
See below: Cirrhosis is a disease caused by many entities and the treatment depends on the reason for the cirrhosis to begin with. If the cirrhosis is well-formed and advanced the only realistic treatment regardless of course is a liver transplant. ...Read more
Alcohol & cirrhosis: Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. It can occur without any alcohol consumption at all. Alcohol can exacerbate another condtion making it progress to cirrhosis more quickly. Most 'true' alcoholics' do not develop cirrhosis without some other condition present. Cirrhosis purely due to alcohol is relatively uncommon. Hepatitis from alcohol can mimic cirrhosis yet fully recover with abstinence. ...Read more
Drain it: Fluid accummulated around the lungs can be removed/drained with a needle and a suction tube. It is a commonly done procedure which can provide temporary relief. ...Read more
Etoh, hepatitis, etc: Alcohol and hepatitis c are the most common causes of cirrhosis in the us. Worldwide, hepatitis b is #1 etiology. Other causes include toxins, heart failure, inflammatory autoimmune diseases, or unknown causes in about 30% of cases (idiopathic). Hepatocellular cancer (primary liver ca) can occur in long-standing cirrhosis from any cause but more so in a background of hepatitis b or c infection. ...Read more
Cirrhosis and lung d: Question is whether the fluid is in the lung (edema) or around the lung(effusion). Edema may be caused by excess fluid in the body and effusion may be caused by fluid moving from the abdomen to the pleura through the diaphragm. Multiple causes and treatment varies depending on no cause. See your doctor for guidance and treatment recommendation. ...Read more
Heart and liver: What type of complications are you referring to? Chronic right heart failure can cause liver cirrhosis by passive congestion (liver engorged with water and becomes fibrotic or scarred over time). Certain conditions such as hemochromatosis (iron overload) can cause both heart failure and liver cirrhosis. Liver cirrhosis itself can cause water retention particularly in the belly called ascites. ...Read more
Very Long: People can use this treatment for the long term. ...Read more
Altered function: Palmar redness can be seen with lots of things including pregnancy, birth control pills, liver tumors, etc. Cirrhosis from whatever cause can affect hormonal balance (more estrogenic), causes decrease in pubic hair, hair in armpits, beard, men get breast development. Can also dilate blood vessels. Can also cause palmar redness. ...Read more
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 heal your liver. ...Read more