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Doctor insights on: Liver Disease And Memory Loss

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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Decompensated adv liver disease with ascites, some confustion, fatigue, loss of apetite, drowsiness, sleepiness, breath is fowl, etc how long to live?

Decompensated adv liver disease with ascites, some confustion, fatigue, loss of apetite, drowsiness, sleepiness, breath is fowl, etc how long to live?

Hepatic encephalopat: It sounds like hepatic encephalopathy, it is difficult to predict with out having some labs. Survival and mortality is predicted by a a formula known as meld score. ...Read more

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Had a liver U/S at one co. Last year and it was clear, at a different co. 8 mo later they found moderate liver disease. Mistake, or getting worse?

Had a liver U/S at one co. Last year and it was clear, at a different co. 8 mo later they found moderate liver disease. Mistake, or getting worse?

Need more info: Too little information, too vague to make recommendation beyond seeing health care provider to review. What seen? Fat in liver, mass, cirrhosis, inflammation? Are you overweight, diabetic? Do you drink excess alcohol &/or have chronic hepatitis C or B virus infection? Progression in one year possible with said risk factors. Get seen, GI or liver specialist if possible ...Read more

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What are some common liver diseases?

What are some common liver diseases?

Many: Its a long list
we can break it down into certain categories
1: toxic (alcohol)
2: infectious (hepatitis)
3: immune mediated (primary biliary cirrhosis)
4: cancers

there's many more. ...Read more

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How does liver disease affect your body?

Liver disease: The most important function of the liver is the clearing of toxins from the blood as well as produce substance that are necessary for daily living. A diseased liver can not do neither of them well. ...Read more

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How do you typically treat liver disease?

How do you typically treat liver disease?

What kind?: "Hepatitis" means inflammation of liver--due to viral infection (cytomegalovirus, epstein-barr virus, a, b, c, d, etc), familial diseases (hemochromatosis, wilson's, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, etc), infiltrative disease (steatohepatitis from fatty liver, granulomatous hepatitis, foreign body reaction), toxic (alcoholic, tylenol), ischemic, congestive, pregnancy-related, etc. Cause determines. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of liver disease?

What are common symptoms of liver disease?

Nothing to a lot: Acute liver disease: no symptoms or: flu-like sx, fatigue, nausea, distaste for cigarettes and meat, dark urine, light stool, jaundice, joint aches, loss of appetite, mental change weight loss, and others.

Chronic: no symptoms, the above, also abdominal swelling, lose libido, lose pubic hair, red palms, tremor, jaundice, weight loss, blood vessel changes on skin, mental changes, men get breasts. ...Read more

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3 drinks a day will lead to liver disease?

3 drinks a day will lead to liver disease?

No: Usually it takes more. But this is more than most folks drink, and you can be building a habit that could accelerate into something that can ruin your life and health. ...Read more

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How fast can the onset of liver disease be?

How fast can the onset of liver disease be?

Days: Some liver diseases can progress from normal to complete liver failure within hours to days. Anyone with liver failure signs or symptoms coming on rapidly should see a doctor as soon as possible! ...Read more

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Which liver diseases are the most common in the us?

Which liver diseases are the most common in the us?

Depends: On type. Most commonly liver is injured by medications. Infectious wise, hepatitis. Toxic wise, alcohol. ...Read more

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Are there any liver diseases that are hard to diagnose?

Are there any liver diseases that are hard to diagnose?

Tests: Most liver disease can be suspected or diagnosed with the use of blood tests and imaging using ct scan and/or ultrasound. The exact diagnosis may require liver biopsies. In my experience liver disease is almost always diagnosed with the use of these modalities and with the skill of hepatologists. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Liver diseases?

What is the definition or description of: Liver diseases?

Liver diseases: Liver disease = hepatic disorder = condition associated with decreased liver function/ damage. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about liver disease cissories of the liver?

Can you tell me about liver disease cissories of the liver?

Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis means scarring of the liver which can be caused by various causes. One of the most common is heavy alcohol drinking and hepatitis. It is a long standing problems and irreversible unfortunately. It can cause serious bleeding from esophagus caused by enlarged veins, fluid accumulation in the belly, called ascites, that may require frequent drainage, decreased platelets, confusion. ...Read more

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Does alcohol cause liver disease?

Does alcohol cause liver disease?

Yes: Chronic or excessive alcohol use is a major cause of liver disease worldwide. ...Read more

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Can liver disease cause cholestasis?

Can liver disease cause cholestasis?

Sure, but...: Liver disease comes in many varieties and manifestations: cholestasis (either intrahepatic or extrahepatic) with jaundice; infiltrative (like fatty liver, amyloidosis); fibrotic (trending toward cirrhosis); congestive (blood backs up into the liver); ischemic; shock injury; toxic (either metabolic or drug-related); hepatitis (infectious or otherwise, the liver cells are sick); familial; cancer... ...Read more

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Is my itching caused by liver disease?

Is my itching caused by liver disease?

Unlikely: While it is certainly true that people with jaundice have itching, itching alone is not commonly seen with simple liver disease. ...Read more

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What are the tests for chronic liver disease?

What are the tests for chronic liver disease?

1: Multiple blood tests to determine cause like hepatitis c, alcohol, iron overload etc., ultrasound and ct scan of liver and gold standard is liver biopsy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chronic liver disease?

What are the symptoms of chronic liver disease?

Maybe none: In esld (end-stage liver disease), much of liver has been replaced by scarring & may not repair itself. Some esld causes: viral infection (b, c, CMV are common), familial (hemochromatosis, wilson's, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, others), toxic/environmental/occupational, alcohol related. Has higher risk of liver cancer. If compensated, asymptomatic; get symptoms if progressive disease +/- alcohol. ...Read more

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What is fatty liver disease? How do you treat it?

What is fatty liver disease? How do you treat it?

Weight loss: Fatty liver is usually diagnosed with an ultrasound showing fat deposits in the liver. Usually liver enzymes are elevated (ALT and AST). Most people with fatty liver are overweight, so weight loss is the curative treatment. Diet and exercise is crucial in achieving substantial weight loss. Avoid supplements that causes weight loss (as can be harmful). Overall this is a benign condition. ...Read more

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What does it mean for liver disease to be parenchymal?

Ducts versus tissue: The biliary tree is a network of pipes running through the liver tissue. Liver disease can often be divided into those affecting the pipes versus those affecting the tissue (which is made up of liver cells). Diseases which primarily affect the liver cells (and not the pipes) are considered parenchymal. ...Read more

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What is another cause of liver disease apart from alcohol?

What is another cause of liver disease apart from alcohol?

Liver Diseases: This is a good question.
The common causes of liver disease are
1. Fatty infiltrates from obesity and excess sugars
2. Infection, most commonly with hepatitis b and c.
3. Toxic side effects of prescription and non-prescription medications (especially tylenol).

Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What choices do I have for treating chronic liver disease?

What choices do I have for treating chronic liver disease?

Depends on cause: Depending on the cause, chances can be very good. If due to alcohol, must stop drinking; if hepatitis viruses, there is rx, and must stop drinking; if iron overload- get bled; if autoimmune- get rx; if fatty liver-lose weight, rx diabetes. Chronic liver disease can be just that-chronic; with long term good quality of life. Lots of meds available to improve, or at least prevent progression. ...Read more

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So what are the early symptoms of metastatic liver disease?

Usually nothing: Commonly without symptoms. May cause jaundice or changes in liver tests. Pain rare. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of parenchymal liver disease?

Disease of the liver: It is disease involving the liver cells. It is not different than just saying "liver disease.". ...Read more

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What is fatty liver disease? How can someone get that disease?

What is fatty liver disease? How can someone get that disease?

Weight loss: Fatty liver is usually diagnosed with an ultrasound showing fat deposits in the liver. Usually liver enzymes are elevated (ALT and AST). Most people with fatty liver are overweight, so weight loss is the curative treatment. Diet and exercise is crucial in achieving substantial weight loss. Avoid supplements that causes weight loss (as can be harmful). Overall this is a benign condition. ...Read more

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What would be a highly effective liver detox for a person with liver disease?

What would be a highly effective liver detox for a person with liver disease?

OMG...None!: Don't waste your time, money, or health--liver "detoxing" is snake oil! If you indeed have a liver disease, see a specialist who can help design appropriate treatment for you. Please read the many other healthtap answers that dissuade use of "detox" or "cleanse" products. ...Read more

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Is there any way to reduce my sensitivity to medications if I have liver disease?

Is there any way to reduce my sensitivity to medications if I have liver disease?

Don't understand: Not quite sure what you are asking. If you've been told that certain medications are not safe because of your liver disease there is little to be done. ...Read more

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I got fatty liver disease can I drink?

I got fatty liver disease can I drink?

No!!!: The drinking could have given you the fatty liver to begin with. And even if that's not the case, you can't drink alcohol if your liver is already challenged by some illness. ...Read more

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What does a liver disease rash look like?

What does a liver disease rash look like?

No such thing: Skin changes from liver disease include jaundice, purpura (purple blotches from trouble clotting blood), red on the medial and lateral aspects of the palms, and the vascular spiders (press the red dot in the center and the legs vanish). ...Read more

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Why is lactalose used in chronic liver disease?

Why is lactalose used in chronic liver disease?

Lactulose: Generally used to treat condition known as hepatic encephalopathy. There is ammonia build-up in the system due to malfunctioning liver. The encephalopathy is associated with mental confusion, tremor, disorientation, drowsiness which can progress to coma. Lactulose aids in lowering the ammonia level and thus prevent progressive encephalopathy. ...Read more

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What part do medications play in liver disease?

What part do medications play in liver disease?

Treatment or cause?: Is your question directed at iatrogenic causes of liver disease caused by drugs that are toxic to the liver (there are many), or are you seeking information about medications aimed at treating specific liver diseases (there are many)? Look forward to helping... ...Read more

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Is non alcoholic fatty liver disease reversible?

NAFLD: Yes. Usually with weight loss through exercise and diet. Certainly should avoid other insults to the liver with this (ie alcohol). ...Read more

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What are causes of encephalopathy in liver diseases?

Ammonia: Ammonia is the waste product that is normally utilized by a healthy liver. When the liver is sick, it will not process ammonia and it will poison the brain. ...Read more

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Are pregnant women more likely to get liver disease?

Are pregnant women more likely to get liver disease?

Unique liver disease: Causes of jaundice peculiar to pregnancy: acute fatty liver, recurrent cholestasis, toxemias, hyperemesis. Also, viral hepatitis causes about 50% of jaundice in pregnancy with consequence to the baby. Gallstones in pregnancy are of concern re: timing of diagnostic (x-ray exposure) & therapeutic options (ercp, surgery). Finally, preexisting chronic liver disease may deteriorate during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (or nafld)?

See below: This is a disease where fat is abnormally deposited in the liver. It can lead to inflammation and ultimately cirrhosis. It is the most common liver disease in the US and is related to obesity, diabetes, elevated triglycerides and genetics. ...Read more

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How does someone get non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

How does someone get non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

NAFLD: Fatty liver is found in patients who suffer from obesity, diabetes, and other disease processes associated with metabolic syndrome. Some drugs can cause fatty liver. ...Read more

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Liver disease = hepatic disorder = condition associated with ...Read more