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Doctor insights on: Liver Failure Life Expectancy Without Transplant

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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. Barbara Lavi
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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Prognosis for total kidney and liver failure dyalisis not an option, what type of life expectancy?

Prognosis for total kidney and liver failure dyalisis not an option, what type of life expectancy?

Very poor: Unfortunately very poor however depends on what is meant my "total" failure. If complete kidney failure means not making any urine, then prognosis is typically days, up to 1-2 weeks w/o dialysis. If complete liver failure (your doctor would use prognostic tools such as meld and childs-pugh) and would consider lab values and signs/symptoms of liver failure and typically could be weeks to months. ...Read more

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I have graves disease, hepatitis c, and the onset of liver failure which is excruciatingly painful. What is my life expectancy?

I have graves disease, hepatitis c, and the onset of liver failure which is excruciatingly painful.  What is my life expectancy?

See your doctor: I'm sorry to hear of your illnesses. However, your doctor is the best one to ask questions of this nature. S/he knows you and your entire situation, but we on healthtap have never even seen you. Life expectancy is quite variable with hepatitis c, as it can take multiple courses. Stopping alcohol would be a good step for anyone with hepatitis c. ...Read more

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If someone has acute liver failure and needs a transplant, how does the health team find a liver so quickly?

If someone has acute liver failure and needs a transplant, how does the health team find a liver so quickly?

They don't always...: Sadly, many more people can benefit from a liver transplant than there are transplants to be had. So, patients are stratified/triaged based on urgency of need, reason for liver failure, likelihood of post-operative compliance (take drugs, medical follow-up, avoid alcohol, etc.), home location, affordability, ; more. Please help by checking the donor box when getting/renewing your driver's license. ...Read more

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Are there any other treatments for alcoholic liver failure other than a transplant?

Are there any other treatments for alcoholic liver failure other than a transplant?

Yes: In severe alcoholic hepatitis, steroids (usually methyprednisolone or medrol) may help reverse some of the inflammation and allow the liver to heal. First and foremost, there must be absolutely no alcohol ever! other treatments, like beta blockers to prevent bleeding, vitamins (esp. Thiamine, Folic Acid and other b vitamins), good nutrition is essential. Other symptoms can be treated as well. ...Read more

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If you're on the liver transplant list for liver failure what are the chances you can recover by your self?

If you're on the liver transplant list for liver failure what are the chances you can recover by your self?

Unlikely: Only people with end stage liver diseases will be on the list , if they have reversible disease will not be on liver transplantation list. This is one transplant living donor can give part of liver ( unlike kidney you loose one ). ...Read more

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If my family has a history of liver failure and needing liver transplants, can I get on a donation list ahead of time to prepare?

If my family has a history of liver failure and needing liver transplants, can I get on a donation list ahead of time to prepare?

No.: To get on the list for a liver transplant, you must be in liver failure. However, you should visit a hepatologist (liver specialist) so that your family's underlying liver disease can be diagnosed and you can receive the proper treatment before your liver fails. ...Read more

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Can a liver failure patient be refused a place on the transplant waiting list if he abuses alcohol?

Can a liver failure patient be refused a place on the transplant waiting list if he abuses alcohol?

Yes: Alcoholism can lead to chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and loss of liver function. Most liver transplant programs have strict rules about transplanting livers into non-recovered alcoholics. Very often documented abstinence of 6 months or more is required. Check with your local transplant program about their rules and protocols. ...Read more

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Could a live-donor liver transplant happen in someone with acute liver failure?

Could a live-donor liver transplant happen in someone with acute liver failure?

Yes: Living donor liver transplantation provides a liver for someone that has chronic or acute end-stage liver disease. There is often time to work up the donor over weeks and go through a thoughtful process in chronic liver disease, however in acute fulminant liver failure, there is life threatening complications measured in days, the whole process is sped up but should never compromise donor safety. ...Read more

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Could a live-donor liver transplant happen for someone with acute liver failure?

Yes: It can definitely happen, although it also depends on whether your hospital offers this service. ...Read more

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Might it be that a live-donor liver transplant happen in someone with acute liver failure?

Maybe: It would depend on the cause, but most cases of acute liver failure are infectious, and self limited, so ii doubt the patient would be a candidate. Check with a liver transplant program to find out more. ...Read more

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My brother had a liver transplant at age of 4 he is now 14 he had acute liver failure his donor was a living donor how long should his new liver last?

My brother had a liver transplant at age of 4 he is now 14 he had acute liver failure his donor was a living donor how long should his new liver last?

Too many variables: ...which can be explored in further depth. However, HealthTap doctors are asked to defer answering questions posed by individuals under 16. Sorry we can't be of more help. ...Read more

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Had a liver transplant 10 years ago when I had acute liver failure just had my yearly labs which came back with elevated liver enzymes is my liver fai?

Had a liver transplant 10 years ago when I had acute liver failure just had my yearly labs which came back with elevated liver enzymes is my liver fai?

NO You: need to follow with your transplantation team ( doctors ) to make sure is not a sign of rejection or may need dose adjustment of your medications. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy after a liver transplantation?

What is the life expectancy after a liver transplantation?

Depends: Average 5 year survival in this decade for liver transplant is 70% but varies according to age, indication for transplant and genetic matching. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of double lung and liver transplant?

What is the life expectancy of double lung and liver transplant?

Depends on factors: Combined double lung and liver transplant is a big undertaking and usually reserved for few patients with: severe pulmonary hypertension associated with liver failure, not responsive to medications; cystic fibrosis patients with liver failure and sarcoidosis patients with liver and lung involvement. Only a few are done a year in the US. One year patient survival would be around 60%. ...Read more

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I have complete cirrhosis of the liver and just recently found a HCC liver tumor. if I don't get a transplant , what is the life expectancy? rough est

I have complete cirrhosis of the liver and just recently found a HCC liver tumor. if I don't get a transplant , what is the life expectancy? rough est

Liver Cancer: That is a difficult question to answer. Since we do not have all the facts especially concerning your overall health otherwise or your current health it is impossible to say. The best person to talk to about this is the physician who is following you now. I am so sorry that you have been diagnosed with this disease. I hope you are able to get a transplant soon. ...Read more

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What to expect during end of life kidney and liver failure?

Peaceful end!: Both kidney failure and liver failure cause a sleep state such that patients die peacefully, without being aware of any discomfort or pain. ...Read more

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If someone has ascitites, kidney failure, end stage liver failure, how long would their life span be?

short: This unfortunate collection of organ failures is called hepatorenal syndrome, it is rarely curable and associated with a short life span. Dialysis and liver transplant may be needed. ...Read more

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My sister is 35 and was diagnosed with stage 4 liver failure. She's had hepatitis C for a few years now..... What's her life span going to be now

More info needed: Perhaps you mean your sister has cirrhosis? Does she really have liver failure? Life expectancy depends on how damaged someone's liver is, and what types of complications they have had. It is hard to predict what might happen to any one person though. I hope your sister is going to a doctor who has experience in advanced liver disease. This person can help her understand what to expect. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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


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