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Dr. Anne Larson
1,598 doctors shared insights

Liver Diseases (Overview)

Liver disease = hepatic disorder = condition associated with decreased liver function/ damage .


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What is the technical definition of parenchymal liver disease?

What is the technical definition of parenchymal liver disease?

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

Dr. Anne Larson
1,598 doctors shared insights

Liver Diseases (Overview)

Liver disease = hepatic disorder = condition associated with decreased liver function/ damage .


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How does liver disease affect your body?

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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Liver diseases (Tip)

Find a support group; there is a liver failure support group on Facebook. Ask dietitian about diet. ...See more

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What is the first symptom of liver disease or liver problems? Is it right upper abdominal pain?

What is the first symptom of liver disease or liver problems? Is it right upper abdominal pain?

Rarely: For liver pain to develop, the most common problem is expansion of the capsule due to an enlarging malignancy. The most common liver disease is fibrosis or cirrhosis secondary to alcoholism, or hepatitis. Here the primary complication is portal hypertension wherein the liver produces ascites. ...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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Liver diseases (Tip)

Please don't take anything that increase ammonium level. ...See more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take medications as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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What are some tell signs of liver disease?

What are some tell signs of liver disease?

Many signs: There can be many signs. Jaundice or yellowing of the skin and eyes is common. Feeling tired, bloating in your abdomen and sometimes confusion can happen as well. The best thing to do is to see your doctor and get appropriate blood tests. ...Read more

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Liver diseases (Tip)

New therapies are available! Diet makes a huge difference. ...See more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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How could a liver function test detect chronic liver disease?

How could a liver function test detect chronic liver disease?

Elevations: Elevated Liver function tests may occur for a variety of issues from Fatty infiltration (hepatic steatosis), viral illnesses such as the hepatitis viruses, Alcoholism, increased use of medications that metabolize through the liver (such as Acetaminophen), cirrhosis, biliary disease, tumors, gallbladder disease, etc, etc. Get an evaluation for the most likely cause if you feel you have liver Dx. ...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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My son was diagnosed with nafld at the age of 17. He is soon to be 21 and wants to know if alcohol can be consumed. Liver diseases?

My son was diagnosed with nafld at the age of 17.  He is soon to be 21 and wants to know if alcohol can be consumed.  Liver diseases?

NAFL: Alcohol is to be avoided with nafl. Diet & exercise, weight loss (if appropriate) are recommended. Use of vitamin E somewhat controversial but may be considered. Nafl has good prognosis in period up to 10 years. Alcohol can modify that. Patient should be under doctor's care for monitoring purposes. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure that your risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are addressed
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Inspect your feet daily, and call your medical doctor if you experience any wounds
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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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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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Is there any herbal treatment for liver disease and arthritis.

Is there any herbal treatment for liver disease and arthritis.

Herbal tx: Herbal treatments can be dangerous since we don't know how much of the active ingredient is in each dose since they are not regulated. There are incidences where they cause serious organ injury such as liver failure. So they can cause harm or do nothing, magic cures with them don't exist. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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I don't know much about herbal medicine but don't have good insurance. Are there any plant treatments for chronic liver disease?

I don't know much about herbal medicine but don't have good insurance. Are there any plant treatments for chronic liver disease?

Not known: There are definitely herbal medicines which may produce chronic liver disease and a variety of other problems. Otc substances are not controlled by the fda, and as such you have little guarantee of what they contain. There are numerous reports in the literature of people being substantially harmed by toxic materials within these herbal preparations. Be careful. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for liver disease?

Depends on cause: There are many types of liver disease. Some liver diseases are caused by viruses like Hepatitis A, B,C. Some liver diseases are caused by medications, alcohol or drugs. Some liver diseases usually resolve on their own like Hepatitis A. Some have treatment but no cure and some are curable. You would need to know what type of liver disease you have to know if it is curable. ...Read more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
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Cover nose and mouth
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Avoid unnecessary contact
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Alert providers of contagion
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What is the treatment of non alcholic fatty liver diseases?

Liver heals itself: There is no medication for liver diseases. For the dangerous and deadly fatty liver disease this is treated with a two pronged approach: weight loss and low carbohydrate diet combined with avoidance of all other liver toxins: Acetaminophen and alcohol. ...Read more

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Shouldn't we avoid pharmacological treatment of drug induced liver disease?

Shouldn't we avoid pharmacological treatment of drug induced liver disease?

How ?????: Liver is a complex organ, most of the time protects itself by detoxifying chemicals rarely fails,. Remarkable progress has been made in control of infections, b.P. Stroke, cancer, vas dis meta. Diseases etc by use of medications, prolonging life and virtually every drug could be hepato toxic and unavoidable. Watchful fda withdrawn several (duracet, ruzulin, pemolin etc) may be more to go. ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask your doctor for further STD testing
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Ask your partner to get tested for STDs
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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Dr. Gary Pess
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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