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Doctor insights on: Liver Damage Due To Alcoholism

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Is liver damage due to alcohol consumption reversible?

Is liver damage due to alcohol consumption reversible?

Yes, but...: Only to a certain point...Since it appears that cirrhosis, once established is irreversible...Though progression can be halted. ...Read more

Dr. Moshe Lewis
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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 naltrexone cause liver damage?

Can naltrexone cause liver damage?

Yes: There is a risk of liver damage, this risk is increased with preexisting liver problems or very high doses of the med. Usually your doctor will make that assessment and monitor your liver enzymes before and while you are on it. Properly monitored the risk is low. ...Read more

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Can recover liver damaged by alcohol?

Can recover liver damaged by alcohol?

Depends, often yes: Alcohol harms the liver in stages, and until the very end stages (cirrhosis = scarring), the damage is reversible if one stops drinking. First is alcoholic hepatitis, which can show just on lab tests, or can cause right upper abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, bloating, jaundice (yellow skin), bruising/bleeding, and hormone changes. Quitting drinking at any stage will improve health & decrease risks. ...Read more

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Could drinking alcohol cause liver damage?

Could drinking alcohol cause liver damage?

Yes.: Alcoholic hepatitis is hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) due to excessive intake of alcohol. It is usually found in association with fatty liver, an early stage of alcoholic liver disease, and may contribute to the progression of fibrosis, leading to cirrhosis . ...Read more

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What cause fatty liver in chronic alcoholism?

What cause fatty liver in chronic alcoholism?

Multiple mechanisms: Mobilization of fat from tissues, depression of protein synthesis in the liver, nutritional deficiencies in chronic alcoholics and direct alcoholic liver injury contribute to accumulation of fat in the liver that may progress to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed?also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals?biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed?also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals?biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Not likely : Fibrosis of the liver is staged as 1-4. Stage 4 is cirrhosis. The problem with fibrosis is that it represents scar tissue formed within your liver due to repetitive damage to the hepatocytes (liver cells). Fibrosis may not be diagnosed after several years of repetitive acute damage. Review your pathology report and see what stage of fibrosis you are: early (1-2) or late (3-4). ...Read more

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Why can't the liver be restored from cirrhosis damage?

Why can't the liver be restored from cirrhosis damage?

Restructured: Once cirrhosis has taken place, the blood vessels in the liver are totally re-routed away from where they can best bring blood to the liver cells. There's also a barrier of scar blocking access of blood to most of the liver cells. Liver cells grow back faster than hair. Scar doesn't heal fully, either in the liver or on the scalp. ...Read more

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How can one die of chronic ethanol abuse if no damages to liver ?

How can one die of chronic ethanol abuse if no damages to liver ?

Affects other organ: Chronic ethanol not only cause liver damage, but also cause damage to heart, brain, mental function. In heart, it cause heart failure. In the brain it can cause dementia. More importantly, other aspect of it is that it is one important cause of motor vehicle injury and death. ...Read more

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Can brain heal after damage caused by liver failure by alcohol consumption?

Can brain heal after damage caused by liver failure by alcohol consumption?

Complex: Yes, improved function can be achieved, but alcohol must be totally avoided, thiamine supplements are critical, liver function needs to normalize, and both psychological and medical interventions will be required as part of a rehab effort. Eventual outcome may well be unpredictable, but if all of the above can be done, odds of improvement are quite good. ...Read more

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Could Dilantin cause damage to the pancreas/liver?

Could Dilantin cause damage to the pancreas/liver?

Yes: It is generally recommended that liver function tests be periodically obtained for people on dilantin. ...Read more

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What cause liver damage?

What cause liver damage?

Multiple causes: There are many causes of liver damage. Excess alcohol use is a major cause. Hepatitis and abnormal iron storage can also be the reason. Fat storage in the liver may be a problem if it becomes extensive. Autoimmune diseaes is also a possibility. If you have abnormal liver tests or suspect a problem, you should discuss the situation with your doctor now. ...Read more

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Can morphine cause liver damage?

Can morphine cause liver damage?

Yes, w/chronic use: With long-term use, morphine can cause liver toxicity. Liver enzymes may become elevated and there may be some anatomical damage too. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15886461. ...Read more

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Which vitamin level can be related to liver damage?

Vitamin A: is something we can OD on and can be toxic to the liver. A lot of vitamin A is found in cod liver oil. Use Marine Fish Oil instead. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How much worse can hepatitis C be when there is existing liver damage from alcoholism and drug abuse?

How much worse can hepatitis C be when there is existing liver damage from alcoholism and drug abuse?

3x worse : Alcohol is fuel on the fire of hepatitis c related liver disease. One of the most important interventions someone can do to improve their liver health, besides antiviral treatment, is stop drinking. It is never too late to stop and slow down the damage. It is important to discuss alcohol use with a doctor so they know there is an increased risk of cirrhosis (3x higher than those who do not drink). ...Read more

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What are the liver diseases related to alcohol abuse?

Several: It could be an acute inflammation ("alcoholic hepatitis") to more chronic and serious conditions such as alcoholic cirrhosis and hepatocarcinoma (liver cancer). ...Read more

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What are the predisposing factors that can transform or activate the chronic hepatitis b virus to lead for cirrhosis, liver failure, hepato cancer .. ?

What are the predisposing factors that can transform or activate the chronic hepatitis b virus to lead for cirrhosis, liver failure, hepato cancer .. ?

Not clearly known: It is quite unpredictable what leads the virus to do most of the damage to the liver. So best one can do is avoid any other hepato-toxins like alcohol use . Aslo eat healthy and avoid fatty liver which accompanies over eating and execessive weight. Eat healthy which is to consume low sugared foods with ample amounts of fruits and veggies with each meal. ...Read more

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