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End stage liver failure and ascites prognosis, what to do?

End stage liver failure and ascites prognosis, what to do?

See a gi specialist: Asciites can be drained and a catheter can be placed to drain the fluid at home. ...Read more

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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Is liver failure painful at the ascites stage? Is it better to put them down vs letting them live out the life in this condition? What is better?

Is liver failure painful at the ascites stage? Is it better to put them down vs letting them live out the life in this condition? What is better?

Ask the patient: It could be painful, but it is never ethical to "put down" a human. Ask the patient what his/her wishes are for treatment or pain control. ...Read more

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Had liver failure, drs cannot pinpoint source; developed ascites. How can I improve my liver and kidney function naturally? No meds.

Had liver failure, drs cannot pinpoint source; developed ascites. How can I improve my liver and kidney function naturally? No meds.

Ascites: You need to have a diagnostic and perhaps a therapeutic paracentesis to remove some ascetic fluid to be sent off to the lab to see what is in the fluid. You also need some blood work as well as a 24 hour urine for a creatinine clearance and protein to see what your kidney function is to see if you have proteinuria. You need to see both a GI doc and nephrologist to get aid your problems asap. ...Read more

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If someone has liver failure with malignant ascites and exhaustion and labored breathing what is the prognosis for how long they will live?

Short: You are asking how long a person can live when they are short of breath from liver failure and ascites. This means less than 20% of liver is working. They may require drainage of ascites to breath. The life span is short and requires medical intervention. They may be seeing a liver specialist. ...Read more

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Does dislocated neck, cranial nerve damages, and resulting heart failure cause liver failure and ascites? Is this medical neglects by the hospitals & health care providers? We have told the doctors/nurses/lawyers this isue many times and they just covered

Does dislocated neck, cranial nerve damages, and resulting heart failure cause liver failure and ascites? Is this medical neglects by the hospitals & health care providers? We have told the doctors/nurses/lawyers this isue many times and they just covered

Totally garbled: Sorry, your post makes no sense at all. You seem to have some extremely fanciful notions about health & disease & what causes what. Either you've totally misunderstood what you've been told, or someone's deliberately trying to hoodwink you; or else you've jumped to the completely wrong conclusion that each of these events caused the next when in fact they just HAPPENED to occur in that order. ...Read more

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Is it recommended for a patient w/ ascite to take protien suppliment such as whey protien mix and pure protien shake? Ascite is a condition where by a person starts collecting fluid in his/her abdominal cavity due to liver failure. My friend is currently

Is it recommended for a patient w/ ascite to take protien suppliment such as whey protien mix and pure protien shake? Ascite is a condition where by a person starts collecting fluid in his/her abdominal cavity due to liver failure. My friend is currently

Ascites: Ascites is a fluid build up within the abdominal cavity that can be caused from a variety of reasons, but most commonly from liver disease. In this case, scarring within the liver, called cirrhosis caused elevated blood pressures within the intestine and other abdominal organs, also known as portal hypertension. This causes fluid to leak into the peritoneum and when the amount of fluid formation exceeds the capacity of the abdominal lining to absorb the fluid, then accumulation of fluid occurs. In some liver conditions, such as portal vein thrombosis (sometimes related to liver cancer), ascites accumulation may be severe. The fluid consists of protein, including albumin. Patients that have the fluid removed, called paracentesis, to relieve the pressure from the ascites, also lose the protein and exacerbate protein loss. Together with the liver disease (liver makes essentially all of the proteins that circulate in the blood), patients will lose a large amount of muscle mass, called muscle wasting. Patients with liver disease may also experience mental confusion, called hepatic encephalopathy, which calls for dietary protein restriction, which also exacerbates muscle wasting.

The recommendations for protein intake in liver failure patients has changed. The american association for the study of liver diseases currently recommends that protein intake should be at least 1 g/kg/day and increased to 1.75 - 2 g/kg/day as tolerated. A late night meal with the highest amount of protein will minimize the risk of encephalopathy interfering with daily routine.

At this point, your friend should be under the careful management of a liver specialist, called a hepatologist and possibly evaluated for liver transplantation. ...Read more

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How are you tested for liver failure?

How are you tested for liver failure?

Test: Blood tests, us, ct scan, liver biopsy, examination, GI referral. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have liver failure?

What does it mean if I have liver failure?

Liver failure: It means you could have hepatitis b/c, alcoholic cirrhosis, fatty liver, or autoimmune (your body produces antibody against your liver). It means you could bleed spontaneously. It means you may needs a liver transplant. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have acute liver failure?

How to tell if I have acute liver failure?

See a doctor: "acute" liver failure can be very serious and due to a number of causes, with the most common cause in the U.S. Due to overdose of tylenol (acetaminophen). I would seek medical attention immediately if you overdosed on tylenol (acetaminophen). If you notice any jaundice (or yellow eyes) confusion and easy bruising, that is concerning. See a liver specialist or your pcp so simple blood tests can be checked. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die suddenly from liver failure?

Is it possible to die suddenly from liver failure?

Rapid death possible: Patients with chronic liver failure live a precarious life - they can have a single medical event and be dead within hours or days. A common cause of death is gastrointestinal bleeding - once this bleeding starts, there is a high chance of bleeding related death. Any other illness including infection, kidney dysfunction, lung dysfunction, or injury can precipitate a downward spiral to death. ...Read more

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What happens when someone is dying of liver failure?

What happens when someone is dying of liver failure?

Signs and symptoms: End-stage liver disease patients often have jaundice (yellowing of the skin), ascites (fluids in the abdomen), bleeding (from varicies -- dilated blood vessels in esophagus), confusion, lethargy, and pruritus (itching). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: liver failure?

What is the definition or description of: liver failure?

Acute and chronic: Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) or chronically (slow onset). Any liver failure is characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions vital for life. Liver has many functions: cleaning the body of toxins, processing food, producing proteins and blood clotting factors, modulating blood glucose. Failure can be seen: bleeding, fluid accumulation, yellow skin, no energy, confusion. ...Read more

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Need symptoms of liver failure and I need too the symptoms for liver shutting down?

Both the same: Increased confusion, swelling of the body, bleeding/bruising, weight loss. Very serious things! ...Read more

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Can malaria lead to liver failure?

Can malaria lead to liver failure?

Rarely: It is rare to have liver damage secondary to malaria and when it happens it is the result of a coexisting liver condition such as viral hepatitis and chronic liver disease. Malaria caused by plasmodium falciparum may cause liver failure esp if it s is recurrent. As you will see the life cycle of malaria involves liver, however again the damage is rare. ...Read more

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Is liver failure a death sentence?

Depends: On cause and severity. Find a doc who understands the role of nutrients. ...Read more

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Is high bilirubin a sign of liver failure?

Is high bilirubin a sign of liver failure?

Not necessarily: How high is the bilirubin and what type is it? High bilirubin can be due to bile duct obstruction, genetic causes, and also liver injury. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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How fast do you lose weight on liver failure?

Can be quick: Depends on how severe your liver failure is and whether you are able maintain any caloric intake. ...Read more

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Hallucinations from liver failure, what to do?

Hallucinations from liver failure, what to do?

Talk to doc: I am sorry to hear the trouble you are having. Hallucinations due to liver failure are most likely to be a direct effect of abnormal levels of chemicals that the liver normally clears from the blood. Please discuss this asap with your liver doctor or some one covering for him/her. ...Read more

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My gamma GT was 331 is that near liver failure?

My gamma GT was 331 is that near liver failure?

Depends: Your liver is a critically important organ for long term health. Protect it. Okay to check in with your doc about tests to evaluate for gallstones and other correctable problems. Alcohol is toxic to the liver. If you are addicted to alcohol, get treatment. Be well. ...Read more

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Would liver failure affect your breathing rate?

Would liver failure affect your breathing rate?

Yes: I'm several ways. In liver failure, fluid can accumulate in the abdomen (ascites) that can push up on the diaphragm & cause trouble bleeding. There is also a very specific syndrome, hepatopulmonary syndrome, that can cause shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Which is worse -- hepatotoxicity vs liver failure?

Semantics: Hepatotoxicity is exposure of the liver to something that makes it sick. This may be acute, subacute, or chronic. Liver failure, similarly may be acute, chronic and compensated, or chronic and decompensated. A failing liver implies significant loss of liver function. Both scenarios should be avoided. In either case, stay away from alcohol, and ask your doctor for lifestyle, diet, rx advice. ...Read more

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Is it possible to suffer from acute liver failure at 17?

Absolutely, yes!: It is fortunately less common these days, but acute hepatitis a/b can cause liver failure, and those of toxic side effects of medications especially chemo/biologic agents. Drug overdose such as tylenol (acetaminophen) can cause fulminant liver failure and aweful death. There are other causes, but less common. If you have trouble, please consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long after your kidney and liver failure can you live?

How long after your kidney and liver failure can you live?

Not long: If these organs truly stopped working completely, survival would be short 1-2 weeks at most. ...Read more

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What are the signs of liver failure because your an alcoholic?

Alcohol liver dz.: Sxs of liver disease due to alcoholism may include: nausea, vomiting, drop in appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain & bloating, yellowing of skin & eyes, itching, numbness of legs/ feet, memory problems, cognitive difficulties, depression, fatigue & thirst. If you have these sxs - please get immediate medical help. You can work with an addiction medicine specialist & alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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What's the average life expectancy for someone with liver failure?

What's the average life expectancy for someone with liver failure?

Depends: There are 2 main categories of liver failure-- compensated or uncompensated. Compensated means that the liver while profoundly injured, can still perform basic functions. How long a person can live with liver failure depends on the reversibility of the injury and the severity of the injury. This can range from days to several months. Liver transplantation can be curative, in some cases. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Liver Failure (Definition)

A condition characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions, which are vital for life. Liver has many functions: cleaning the body of toxins, processing food, producing proteins and blood clotting factors, modulating blood glucose. Failure can be seen: bleeding, fluid accumulation, yellow skin, no energy, confusion. Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) ...Read more


Dr. Sudeshan Govender
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Ascites (Definition)

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