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What is liver coma?

What is liver coma?

A very bad event: When a patient has liver failure for any reason (cirrhosis?), the normal detoxification mechanisms are defective and a patient develops a metabolic encephalopathy. If severe, coma ensues, and this can be definitely life threatening. Brain function is secondarily disrupted, perhaps profoundly. Intensive care treatment is mandatory. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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Can liver cancer can cause coma?

Can liver cancer can cause coma?

Yes: Liver failure can happen if there is enough damage caused by cancer. Toxins such as ammonia can accumulate and a patient can develop confusion (encephalopathy) and ultimately coma and death. ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, Regarding my grandfather's liver failing and doctors opinion that he will soon go into coma?

Hi Doctor, Regarding my grandfather's liver failing and doctors opinion that he will soon go into coma?

The liver is one of: The body's ways to filter out toxins. If it is not working then theses poisons build up in the body and a person can go into a coma ...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 (acetaminophen) 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 brother suffered liver failure (shutdown), kidney failure and is in a coma. He is diabetic too. What can be done to help him?

My brother suffered liver failure (shutdown), kidney failure and is in a coma. He is diabetic too. What can be done to help him?

Wow, I'm sorry: Hi. Is he at UIHC? I hope so. Diabetes can cause kidney failure. Liver failure can cause kidney failure, but neither diabetes nor kidney failure per se cause liver failure. Do you know the cause of the liver failure? He is obviously very sick. Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. I'm so sorry. Best to him, you, and your family. ...Read more

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My friend overdosed and now has a swollen liver. The doctor has her in a drug induced coma. Is she going to die without a transplant?

My friend overdosed and now has a swollen liver. The doctor has her in a drug induced coma. Is she going to die without a transplant?

Tough to predict: Contact her family and set up a conference with her doctors. Ask the specific question regarding the potential need for a liver transplant. Over time, however, she may recover, but depending upon her drug of overdose, this can vary. ...Read more

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My mother is in a coma and has liver failure and brain swelling. She opened her eyes but didn't move them is this a good sign?

My mother is in a coma and has liver failure and brain swelling. She opened her eyes but didn't move them is this a good sign?

NO!: Surely there is one or more doctors caring for your mother and they should be discussing this with you. If that is not happening you must contact an ambulance to get Mother to the nearest Emergency Facility!! This is no doubt a big issue for you. The Emergency team will not ignore you but will do what they can for you. ...Read more

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What causes "food coma"?

What causes "food coma"?

Redirection of blood: Even though there is a dramatic increase in blood flow to the stomach and intestines after a meal (proven by ultrasounds) it is thought that it is the increased parasympathetic nervous system activity (opposite of the fight or flight sympathetic activity) which causes the feeling of lethargy. ...Read more

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How do you feel in a coma?

How do you feel in a coma?

Depends: Coma, subcoma, stupor, altered mental status, drowsiness are some of the names given to different levels of altered consciousness. There has been reported cases of people in deep coma remembering what was said around them after recovering from coma. ...Read more

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What causes someone to go into a coma?

What causes someone to go into a coma?

Several most common.: Trauma to the head damaging the brain most common, hypoxia-lack of oxygen, and toxins from inside the body or outside that shut down the brain's operations. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of being in a coma?

None: An unconscious person does not have any symptoms. ...Read more

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Could someone in a coma hear?

No: If they can hear, it is not a coma. Of course, there is that whole out of body argument. Cannot comment on this. No matter what any Physician tells you, we are not smart enough to know whether or not that is true yet. ...Read more

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How do patients feel in a coma?

Nothing: Sensory input does not get processed so pt does not feel anything. ...Read more

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What dose of clonazepalm leads to coma?

Too much: Benzodiazepines, of which Clonazepam (http://www. Drugs. Com/clonazepam. Html) is a member, can be sedating as well as addictive. One can get used to a small dose & gradually need/tolerate/handle larger doses that might cause a coma if taken the first time by someone who's never used this drug before. This dose can also be altered by amount of other drugs including alcohol in the system. ...Read more

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Can a patient in coma hear?

Maybe: Depends on why they are in the coma as to whether or not their hearing nerve pathways might be working. Your doctors may or may not be able to tell you. Certainly, it can't hurt to talk to a friend or loved one in a coma. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can sunstroke cause a coma?

Yes.: Sunstroke, as a result of dehydration, can elevate the body's core temperature to over 105 degrees. This can shut down the body's cooling mechanism and cause the patient to fall into a coma. ...Read more

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What causes a diabetic coma?

Uncontrolled glucose: Both low and high blood glucose can lead to impairments in consciousness. ...Read more

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What is a hyperosmolar coma?

What is a hyperosmolar coma?

Diabetic emergency: Hyperosmolar coma is a medical emergency seen in type ii diabetics when the blood sugar reaches extremely high levels, typically higher than 600 mg/dl. Often it is precipitated by a physiologic stress such as infection, myocardial infarction, stroke or other acute illness. The very high blood glucose may lead to disordered mental functioning with possible seizures then to coma and death. ...Read more

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Can you snore while in a coma?

Yes: It can occur with decreased levels of consciousness and is a symptom we can see in this situation. It can indicate someone who is too comatose to protect their natural airway or can indicate poor tone in the airway in patients with brain injury. ...Read more

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Can inducing coma cure cancer?

Can inducing coma cure cancer?

Odd question: Inducing coma does not "cure" anything. It may be used as a tool to allow the body/brain to rest while other therapies work on a given problem, but the coma is not a tool for any cure I am aware of. ...Read more

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What is the role of OCD in coma?

What is the role of OCD in coma?

OCD & Coma?: If one were comatose, s/he would not be awake to be obsessing or doing compulsive behaviors. Unless I'm completely missing the meaning of your question, i'd say that OCD is completely unrelated to coma. ...Read more

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How long can a diabetic coma last?

How long can a diabetic coma last?

Variable duration: The duration of diabetic coma is related to correction of the metabolic abnormalities leading to coma. It may be short if treatment is instituted shortly after coma begins. The longer the coma remains untreated, the greater the likelihood of permanent neurologic damage or even death. ...Read more

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What causes a coma in a car crash?

Traumatic coma: Coma may be caused by an injury to the brain stem due to the back and forth movement of the head and brain. Other causes include the build up of pressure from brain swelling or hemorrhage, causing brain tissue to herniate across fibrous bands separating the different parts of the brain or through the foramen magnum putting pressure on the brain stem centers for breathing and heart rate. ...Read more

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How long does a diabetic coma last?

How long does a diabetic coma last?

Varies: There are many variables to affect the coma. It depends on the degree of the coma and what complications have occurred as a result. Sadly, some patients do not recover. ...Read more

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Can you be pregnant while in a coma?

Yes: If you were pregnant before the coma, or if you were sexually assaulted while in the coma. ...Read more

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Can you snore while you're in a coma?

Yes: Coma is a state in which a person is unconscious and does not interact with the environment. Snoring is caused by narrowing of the area at the back of the throat. Air passing through this smaller opening can cause the tissues surrounding the opening to vibrate, which in turn can cause snoring. This condition will often persist if and when a person becomes comatose. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about diabetic coma?

A bad thing: Hi. Diabetic coma usually refers to a hyperglycemic condition (coma with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in type 1's, and non-ketotic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar coma or DKA in type 2s. However, coma is also possible due to insulin-induced hypoglycemia in diabetes. None of them are good things, but fortunately, these days we don't lose many folks from any of them. ...Read more

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Do people dream iwhile they are in a coma?

No: Not if the person is truly in coma. Coma includes lack of responsiveness to internal as well as external stimuli, except for maintenance of basic functions, which even so are not well-regulated. Eeg in coma shows activity which is not associated with dreaming. ...Read more

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What types of meningitis can cause a coma?

Most organisms: Bad stuff if coma occurs with bacterial or tuberculous meningitis, and if fungal infection, may create critical issues. Viral meningitis may have a far more benign course, but NOT always. Coma is a sign of progressive uncontrolled infection, so, early diagnosis and treatment always the wisest approach. ...Read more

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Could a person survive from diabetic coma?

Yes, indeed!: Hi. Yes, indeed, and many do. In fact, we lose very few people from diabetic "coma" (usually either diabetic ketoacidosis or non-ketotic, hyperglycemic, hyperosmolar coma) these days. Ain't modern medicine great?! ...Read more

Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Coma (Definition)

Coma = deep state of unconsciousness due ...Read more