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What medicine can be given for patient with hyper thermia who has liver cirrhosis with gross ascites? Thanks.

What medicine can be given for patient with hyper thermia who has liver cirrhosis with gross ascites? Thanks.

Antibiotics: I assume you mean "fever" when you say "hyperthermia". Patients with ascites are at risk for spontaneous bacterial peritonitis. This is infection of the ascitic fluid. In general a sample should be obtained and then antibiotics should be instituted. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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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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 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

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Can you tell me about life of patients with ascites and liver cirrhosis of grade iv?

Can you tell me about life of patients with ascites and liver cirrhosis of grade iv?

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

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What treatment or medication can you suggest for a patient diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, (already had an enlarged heart, gallbladder stones & ascites?

Meds for cirrhosis: Not much to offer, other than liver transplantation.
These classes of medications help somewhat — diuretics, some beta blockers and lactulose.
Tips is a procedure that is done for alleviating portal hypertension in cirrhosis. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What is chronic liver parenchymal disease with cirrhosis; varices and ascites?

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

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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?

Communication issue?: 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

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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

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I have cirrhosis. Recently a CT scan showed ascites in liver area. Lately ultrasound showed none. Will asxites definitely reoccur?

I have cirrhosis. Recently a CT scan showed ascites in liver area. Lately ultrasound showed none. Will asxites definitely reoccur?

Ascites: If you have cirrhosis of the liver then ascites would be common. If the last ultrasound was normal that is a good sign but does not eliminate the issue of it reoccurring, it is unfortunately a part of the disease process. ...Read more

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Is there a diet that helps liver cirrhosis?

Is there a diet that helps liver cirrhosis?

Diet-cirrhosis liver: Yes there is help. You must call your doctor because there are many causes of cirrhosis of the liver, and the diet recommendations can vary with the cause. Follow medical advice very carefully. ...Read more

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What are the different levels of liver cirrhosis?

What are the different levels of liver cirrhosis?

See below: Please consult this site for information on this topic. There are different causes and types of cirrhosis.
http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver ...Read more

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Is liver cirrhosis curable?

Is liver cirrhosis curable?

No: No, but you stop it from progressing further by eliminating the cause: abstaining from alcohol or treating hepatitis b or c. ...Read more

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What is the cure for liver cirrhosis?

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

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Is liver cirrhosis completely curable?

Is liver cirrhosis completely curable?

No: Some scarring will always remain even if you can remove the original cause (alcohol, hemochromatosis, wilson's, hepatitis b / c, autoimmunity). However, some cirrhotic livers have enough scar regression so that you can have a happy life. ...Read more

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Is there any remedy for liver cirrhosis?

Is there any remedy for liver cirrhosis?

Liver transplant: There is no medical treatment to reverse established cirrhosis. Replacing the liver through transplantation is about the only way to "remedy" cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for liver cirrhosis?

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

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Fluid in lungs related to liver cirrhosis?

Fluid in lungs related to liver cirrhosis?

In severe cases: When the Albumin in the blood goes down, fluid can leak all over the body including the lungs. ...Read more

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Is alcohol largely to blame for liver cirrhosis?

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

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How to remove fluid in lungs with liver cirrhosis?

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

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What are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

What are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

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

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What to do if I have fluid in lungs with liver cirrhosis?

What to do if I have fluid in lungs with liver cirrhosis?

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

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Is vaporized marijuana more dangerous with liver cirrhosis?

Is vaporized marijuana more dangerous with liver cirrhosis?

Marijuana: Regular use of marijuana is associated with higher risk of moderate to severe liver fibrosis and scarring -- very bad by itself, much worse if you already have cirrhosis. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080128140840.htm. ...Read more

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What to do if you have liver cirrhosis with complications on heart?

What to do if you have liver cirrhosis with complications on heart?

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

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My father-in-law has liver cirrhosis with 80% damage. What can we do?

Cirrhosis: Make sure he is seeing a liver specialist. Lots of supportive care and treatment can be offered. If he is a candidate for liver transplantation then he should be evaluated early. ...Read more

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Why the constipation considered risky for pateint with liver cirrhosis?

Why the constipation considered risky for pateint with liver cirrhosis?

Hepatic encephalopat: Hi, constipation promotes bacteria in gut to break down proteins and produce more toxins like Ammonia which could go to the brain and cause worsening level of consciousness, from sleepiness to coma. ...Read more

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Does anyone know what causes palmar redness in people with liver cirrhosis?

Does anyone know what causes palmar redness in people with liver cirrhosis?

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

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What would the life expectancy of a patient with alcoholic liver cirrhosis be?

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 heal your liver. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Yepuri
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Abnormal Fluid Buildup In Abdomen (Definition)

Abnormal fluid buildup in abdomen refers to Ascites, a medical condition in which a person has excess fluid in the abdomen (in the peritoneal space). Abdominal fluid buildup occurs in conditions such as liver failure, kidney ...Read more


Dr. Sudeshan Govender
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Ascites (Definition)

Ascites = abnormal accumulation of fluid in peritoneal ...Read more