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Doctor insights on: Liver Failure Signs Of Imminent Death

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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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 any doc tell me what's death like with liver failure?

Can any doc tell me what's death like with liver failure?

It's variable: Some causes: Dying from liver failure varies depending on the person. People can have bleeding from blood vessels in the esophagus (varices) and die from that. Infection can develop in the fluid in the abdomen (ascites) which can result in death. The kidneys can fail (hepatorenal syndrome) and people can die of kidney failure. Sometimes, people can go into a coma and can die. ...Read more

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What are liver failure signs?

What are liver failure signs?

Blood tests: You usually see signs of this in the blood tests first (low albumin, elevated INR). Patients can develop fluid in the abdomen (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), muscle wasting (sarcopenia), swelling in the legs (edema), or GI bleeding (throwing up blood from dilated vessels in the esophagus). If you are at risk of liver failure, you should be followed closely by your doctor. ...Read more

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What are some signs of liver failure?

What are some signs of liver failure?

Many: Confusion, skin color and the eyes turn yellow, there is a change to very dark urine (coca cola color) then belly might enlarge with fluid, the legs can begin to swell. If any of these are suspected please see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of liver failure?

What are the first signs of liver failure?

See Below: Yellow eyes (sclerae) or jaundice, leg swelling, abdominal swelling (ascites), loss of muscle mass, sleep pattern changes, cold intolerance, bleeding, confusion (encephalopathy) etc.... ...Read more

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Are there easily recognizable signs of liver failure?

Are there easily recognizable signs of liver failure?

Jaundice: Liver failure, depending on how rapidly it occurs, will cause fluid in the abdomen (ascites), leg swelling, and a distinct yellow/bronze discoloration of the skin called jaundice. ...Read more

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

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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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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What blood tests can show signs of liver failure?

What blood tests can show signs of liver failure?

See below: Serum levels of enzymes; AST, ALT, Alkaline phosphatase; bilirubin, albumin, Coagulation factors (INR), and blood ammonia are among the common tests that may be abnormal in liver failure. ...Read more

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Are yellow nails a sign of liver "failure" or an "inflamed" one?

Usually not: Usually in liver failure the whites of the eyes are the first to change color, but best checked with a simple lab test. See your physician. ...Read more

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I'm diebetic been a big drinker but stop I have liver failure don't no the stage what are the signs if im starting kidney failure is there pain anything?

I'm diebetic been a big drinker but stop I have liver failure don't no the stage what are the signs if im starting kidney failure is there pain anything?

Often None: I'm glad you have stopped drinking. Your liver may experience some recovery. Kidney failure often has no symptoms, but can be detected early by blood tests (bun, creatinine). Your doctor is most likely monitoring these along with your liver. ...Read more

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I'm diebetic been a big drinker but I stop with liver failure or any liver disease with are the signs or symptoms if im starting kidney failure?

I'm diebetic been a big drinker but I stop with liver failure or any liver disease with are the signs or symptoms if im starting kidney failure?

Get blood: Tests to see. By the time you develop symptoms with kidney disease, it is too late to reverse and you need dialysis. ...Read more

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I have hep c and would like in laymans terms signs and symptoms of liver failure I was told that I have hep c about a year or so ago and I would like to know signs physically when things are getting bad. I have not had any treatments at this time. My medi

I have hep c and would like in laymans terms signs and symptoms of liver failure I was told that I have hep c about a year or so ago and I would like to know signs physically when things are getting bad. I have not had any treatments at this time. My medi

There are several.: Most patients with hep c (hcv) don't develop liver failure. Liver failure develops only after patients have developed cirrhosis. Signs of liver failure are often first seen in the blood (low albumin, elevated inr). Fluid in the abdomen (ascites), confusion (encephalopathy) are also signs of a failing liver. Jaundice (yellow) is not necessarily a sign of failure. ...Read more

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What the symptoms or signs of kidney failure im a diabetic & has stop drinking I have liver failure I don't no what stage there has to be a sign?

What the symptoms or signs of kidney failure im a diabetic & has stop drinking I have liver failure I don't no what stage there has to be a sign?

Plenty: Decreased urine output may or may not be seen, change in urine color possible, fatigue, swelling, chest pain. Depends on the severity of kidney problems. Please see a more comprehensive list here:

http://www. Kidneydoctorbradenton. Org/2013/04/what-are-signs-and-symptoms-of-ckd. Html. ...Read more

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My mother is in a coma and has liver failure and brain swelling. She opened her eyes but didn't move them is this a good sign?

My mother is in a coma and has liver failure and brain swelling. She opened her eyes but didn't move them is this a good sign?

NO!: Surely there is one or more doctors caring for your mother and they should be discussing this with you. If that is not happening you must contact an ambulance to get Mother to the nearest Emergency Facility!! This is no doubt a big issue for you. The Emergency team will not ignore you but will do what they can for you. ...Read more

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Symptoms of liver failure?

Symptoms of liver failure?

Jaundice: Liver failure is usually do to some inflammatory process damaging the liver. Jaundice, nausea, vomitting, itching, bruising and bleeding are associated woth liver failire. ...Read more

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Can you die from liver failure?

Definitely: You need your liver to live. It's the master biochemist in the body; makes proteins, bile, clotting factors, detoxifies drugs, chemicals, poisons, etc. Death from liver failure usually is not pretty; can be associated with abdominal fluid collection (ascites), which can get infected, altered mental status (with or without coma), weight loss, bleeding from varicose veins of esophagus stomach, etc. ...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 are the symptoms of liver failure?

What are the symptoms of liver failure?

Many: Progressive weakness, loss of weight, changing mental status, fluid retention in the belly and legs, yellow of the eyes, vomit of blood or in stool....Any or all of these can be present. ...Read more

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Does anyone know cause of liver failure?

Man causes: From viral hepatitis with one or more of 8 or more viruses, alcohol, fatty liver disease, and others. The liver is one of the more resilient organs in our bodies, but it has its limits. ...Read more

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What happens when you have liver failure?

What happens when you have liver failure?

Bad things: By definition the liver is failing to work correctly. This may include jaundice, bleeding, ascites, confusion and possibly death. ...Read more

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What happens when you have liver. Failure?

What happens when you have liver. Failure?

Bad things happen: The liver is necessary for life, so if the liver fails, bad things happen. Toxic chemicals that are natural byproducts of the human body start to build up (such as ammonia) and damage many organs. Necessary proteins that a normal liver makes, are no longer made (such as Albumin and the clotting proteins). Without albumin, a major protein in blood plasma, a person will swell up with fluid.... ...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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What are common symptoms of liver failure?

Acute/chronic differ: There acute (fast) and chronic (slow) liver failure. Acute liver failure can occur with an overdose or a virus - you present with decreased energy, nausea, vomiting, pain, decreased mental status. Chronic liver failure occurs over years' time from hepatitis c, alcohol, fatty liver, others. You present with yellowing of skin, lack of energy, decreased mental status, leg swelling, abdominal fluid. ...Read more

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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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What is liver failure and how is it treated?

What is liver failure and how is it treated?

Won't keep you alive: The liver does multiple things - synthesizes proteins, metabolizes products to make them more useful or less harmful or easier to excrete, moves blood from the intestines to the main venous blood flow system (in the vena cava), etc. When the liver is hurt from a sudden insult (tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose, etc) or long-term exposure (alcohol, heptatitis c, etc) 1 or more of these functions can't be done. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of end stage liver failure?

Liver failure: Fatigue
persistent or recurring yellowing of your skin and eyes (jaundice)
loss of appetite
nausea
abdominal swelling due to fluid accumulation (ascites)
disturbances of thinking
vomiting blood. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with liver failure?

How long can a person live with liver failure?

What's the cause?: And how bad is the failure? If it's the result of acetaminopen poisoning or acute hepatitis b or an 'herbal remedy' that was actually poison (this is fairly common), the person can recover completely if treated. In early cirrhosis, if the cause can be found, the scarring can partly reverse. ...Read more

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How many daily drinks would cause liver failure?

How many daily drinks would cause liver failure?

Varies: Different people and ethnic groups have varying degrees of tolerance for alcohol. If you think you may be drinking too much, you probably are. Be careful. ...Read more

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Can you tell me can I get liver failure while 16?

Can you tell me can I get liver failure while 16?

Yes. Why do you ask?: It can be destroyed, or nearly so, by acute hepatitis b, yellow fever, Acetaminophen overdose, taking the wrong 'holistic herbal remedy' (you don't know what they really are), or a genetic liver disease such as wilson's or one of the fatty acid metabolism defects. There are forms of childhood cirrhosis. Some teens are already drinking heavily enough to endanger the liver. ...Read more

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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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Can there be recovery with end stage liver failure?

Liver transplant: Most patients with the very end stages of liver failure will not recover - especially if they have underlying cirrhosis. The only reliable treatment for these patients is liver transplant, which is very successful in returning someone to a normal life. Patients without cirrhosis who just have acute liver injury may recover liver function if given supportive care and enough time. ...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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How long can a peron live with secndary liver failure?

How long can a peron live with secndary liver failure?

Not long: Liver failures may mean differnt things to different people. It typically implies rising bilirubin level (yellowing of the body called jaundice). Unless the cause can be corrected, this can progress to an irreversible organ failure and death within a matter of few weeks. ...Read more

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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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What do I experience in the early stages of liver failure?

It depends: Most people have no symptoms early in the setting of liver failure other than changes in the blood tests (low albumin, high inr). Fatigue is common. Patients can vomit blood from vessels in the esophagus. They may develop ascites (fluid in the abdomen). If you have liver failure, your doctor should be following your closely. L. ...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