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My mother has biliary cirrhosis. Should I be worried for what this means?

My mother has biliary cirrhosis. Should I be worried for what this means?

Family risks of PBC: 90% of pbc patients are female. Age ranges 20-80, but typically patients are 40-60. The disease is world-wide, & affects asians, caucasians, jews, african. Family clustering is common in sisters, twins, daughters, mothers. While environmental factors can't be ignored, a strong immunogenetic background for pbc that runs in families is suggested. Early sxs: fatigue, itching +/- jaundice, RUQ pain. ...Read more

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Biliary means anything related to the production, storage, secretion, or flow of bile, whether in the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, ...Read more


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My mother has liver spots. Should I be worried for what this means?

My mother has liver spots. Should I be worried for what this means?

Lentigos or seb k's: There are two common skin spots that are often called liver spots, although neither is related to liver disease. The lentigo is like a dark freckle and can vary a lot in size and shape. They can respond to cryotherapy or bleaching. Seborrheic keratoses can look similar but are more varied in color and are usually raised. They often look warty. Cryotherapy may clear these, bleaching doesn't help. ...Read more

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My mother has huffing. Should I be worried for what this means?

My mother has huffing. Should I be worried for what this means?

Yes you should worry: Huffing is a practice of inhaling chemicals found in various products such as spray paint. It reportedly produces an intoxicating effect. It is dangerous as it can cause deadly heart rhythms. Repeated use can damage the lungs, kidney and brains. Additionally, using any intoxicating substance can lead to a path of using stronger and more dangerous drugs. ...Read more

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My mother has paranasal sinus cancer. Should I be worried for what this means?

My mother has paranasal sinus cancer. Should I be worried for what this means?

Sure, but wait: Sinuses are mysteries to people but they are hollow cavities that add to voice quality, but when inflamed, can cause bleeding, drainage, infectiojn, and unusually cancer:frontal, ethmoid, spenoid and maxillary describe locations. The neighboring things are sensitive and important: brain, eyes, ability to smell and taste. Some can be cured, other can be relieved. But it isn't simple. See ent/radonc. ...Read more

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My sister has biliary cirrhosis. Should I be worried about it?

Family risks for PBC: 90% of pbc patients are female. Age ranges 20-80, but typically patients are 40-60. The disease is world-wide, & affects asians, caucasians, jews, african. Family clustering is common in sisters, twins, daughters, mothers. While environmental factors can't be ignored, a strong immunogenetic background for pbc that runs in families is suggested. Early sxs: fatigue, itching before jaundice, RUQ pain. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dad is suffering from jaundice.doctor had said that liver is 50% damaged. is it curable?

What do you suggest if my dad is suffering from jaundice.doctor had said that liver is 50% damaged. is it curable?

This is something: that needs to be addressed with the treating physician. Getting info on line from physicians who don't know your father is not the way to go. ...Read more

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My mother has ankle sprain. Should I be worried for what this means?

My mother has ankle sprain. Should I be worried for what this means?

Ankle sprains: Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, which may result in excessive stretching or tearing of one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The severity of the sprain can impact the degree of damage as well as the type and duration of treatment. If not properly treated, ankle sprains may develop into long-term problems. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my hubby's having a enlarged liver. Is this a disease?

Should i be concerned if my hubby's having a enlarged liver. Is this a disease?

Yes indeed: Some guys have an extra lobe to the liver that makes it feel big. Emphysema patients have their liver pushed low by their lungs, making it seem big. Otherwise, we need to find the cause. Anything from alcohol to lack of exercise / nash / prediabetes to chronic hepatitis to hemochromatosis to (don't miss this) wilson's to some others. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my bilirubin in my liver has been elevated slightly for the past 3 and a half months, what could it mean?

Should i be concerned if my bilirubin in my liver has been elevated slightly for the past 3 and a half months, what could it mean?

Maybe: If it is primarily conjugated bilirubin and this is your only abnormality, it's likely you have gilbert's non-disease and should forget about it. I take it your physician isn't worried; you shouldn't be either. You may get checked for hemolysis with a reticulocyte count. If you're taking some medication and this is new, you may have rx-induced cholestasis. Other possibilities exist. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my mom has pancreatic cancer and has had a good exposure to fifth disease. Does anyone know the risk she could be facing?

Should i be concerned if my mom has pancreatic cancer and has had a good exposure to fifth disease. Does anyone know the risk she could be facing?

Little risk: Fifth disease is usually caused by parvo b19. A majority of adults are immune from subclinical infection. This is troublesome to people who have difficulty making red blood cells. It is not an opportunist otherwise. Pancreatic cancer is a rough disease but inability to make red cells is seldom part of the picture. ...Read more

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My ALT is 73, AST is 35 and Bilirubin is 0.31 Today i did a fibroscan test and the doctor said that my liver doesent have any issue or damaged part. So whats the problem??should i be worried about hepatitis??? I should notice that I have had a very huge c

My ALT is 73, AST is 35 and Bilirubin is 0.31
Today i did a fibroscan test and the doctor said that my liver doesent have any issue or damaged part.
So whats the problem??should i be worried about hepatitis???
I should notice that I have had a very huge c

Abnormal liver tests: There are many potential causes of abnormal liver tests. Although it is good that your Fibroscan is negative, that does not mean that you don't have a problem in your liver. If your liver tests remain elevated, your doctor should do tests to rule out hepatitis and other causes of liver disease. Be sure to follow up with your liver specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my nephew is 2 with failure to thrive, he's been this way since he was 3 months old what could be wrong?

Should i be concerned if my nephew is 2 with failure to thrive, he's been this way since he was 3 months old what could be wrong?

FTT or small child?: Failure to thrive can be caused by poor oral intake, poor digestion of food, absorption or metabolism. It can also be the result of burning too many calories due to a chronic illness. You have to differentiate however true FTT from a child who is growing well below the normal curve and is just "small". Best advise is to go to a good pediatrician to get him examined and assessed. ...Read more

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My mother has broken eye orbit. Should I be worried for what this means?

My mother has broken eye orbit. Should I be worried for what this means?

Need evaluation: A fracture of the eye socket- orbit- can be serious. Many of these fractures will need surgical repair as they can cause double vision or the eyeball to change position. A c/t scan is needed for proper diagnosis and to make treatment recommendations. She should be evaluated by a facial surgeon who treats these and she should have a complete eye exam by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my husband has just been diagnosed with enlarged heart valve - what does this mean?

Should i be concerned if my husband has just been diagnosed with enlarged heart valve - what does this mean?

Heart valve: There is no such thing enlarged heart valve. If you are taking about thickened heart valve with out stenosis then he should be ok. If it is myxomatous proliferation then you should see a cardiologist. ...Read more

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My daughter is 14 years old an her liver enzynes was 1.9 what does that mean an should I be worried?

See your doctor: It is important to know which liver enzyme is 1.9. Based on this value, i assume it is her total bilirubin level. The most common cause would be gilbert's syndrome, which is a benign condition. ...Read more

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My mother died of ipf. Should I be worried about this disease?

My mother died of ipf. Should I be worried about this disease?

IPF: There have been cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis reported in families. I have one patient who has had several family members have this process. There are no formal recommendations for family members of patients with ipf. I would make sure that your primary care physician is aware of your family history and is able to refer you to a specialist if needed. ...Read more

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My lady friend has pancreatitis. Is it contagious and should I be concerned about having sex?

My lady friend has pancreatitis. Is it contagious and should I be concerned about having sex?

Not contagious : The most common causes of pancreatitis which make up 99% of cases are not contagious thus would not be transmitted via intercourse. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my mum is on kidney dialysis and has problems with her liver but want to know what the syndrome is?

Should i be concerned if my mum is on kidney dialysis and has problems with her liver but want to know what the syndrome is?

See below: I am not sure since you have not given all facts, there is a condition called hepato renal syndrome, which is worsening liver failure causing the kidneys to fail, for which kidney dialysis is being offered nowadays, in anticipation of a liver transplant in some cases the kidneys recover after liver transplant this is a serious condition. ...Read more

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My pediatrician thinks my 3 month old has a urachal cyst. What is this in leamans terms, how's it treated, and should I be concerned?

My pediatrician thinks my 3 month old has a urachal cyst. What is this in leamans terms, how's it treated, and should I be concerned?

See below: It is a connection between the umbilical cord site, belly button, and the bladder. This is a normal part of fetal development but should have closed. If there is a cyst, it will be surgically corrected. ...Read more

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My mother has biliary cirrhosis. Should I be worried for what this means?

Family risks of PBC: 90% of pbc patients are female. Age ranges 20-80, but typically patients are 40-60. The disease is world-wide, & affects asians, caucasians, jews, african. Family clustering is common in sisters, twins, daughters, mothers. While environmental factors can't be ignored, a strong immunogenetic background for pbc that runs in families is suggested. Early sxs: fatigue, itching +/- jaundice, RUQ pain. ...Read more

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My sister has biliary cirrhosis. Should I be worried about it?

Family risks for PBC: 90% of pbc patients are female. Age ranges 20-80, but typically patients are 40-60. The disease is world-wide, & affects asians, caucasians, jews, african. Family clustering is common in sisters, twins, daughters, mothers. While environmental factors can't be ignored, a strong immunogenetic background for pbc that runs in families is suggested. Early sxs: fatigue, itching before jaundice, RUQ pain. ...Read more

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Is primary biliary cirrhosis hereditary?

Basically no: There's a pair of genes that carry the ability to develop the disease and these run in families, but it's not inherited like sickle cell, huntington's or some of the other familiar entities. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/151640.php. ...Read more

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What is the cause of primary biliary cirrhosis?

Autoimmune: An autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks it's own liver. ...Read more

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What can I expect if I have primary biliary cirrhosis?

What can I expect if I have primary biliary cirrhosis?

Maybe liver failure: Primary biliary cirrhosis is an insidious disease that tends to be progressive over time. The small ducts that drain bile from the liver will narrow and prevent adequate drainage of bile to the intestine. The liver will experience damage with years of inadequate bile drainage and eventually severe scarring (cirrhosis) occurs. With cirrhosis, the only option is liver transplantation for best chance. ...Read more

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What differentiates primary biliary cirrhosis from other types of cirrhosis?

What differentiates primary biliary cirrhosis from other types of cirrhosis?

Location of inflam: Agree with dr. Edmisson. Pbc is autoimmune disease affecting bile ducts; can eventually lead to progressive liver disease and cirrhosis (scarring). Othe types of cirrhosis usually involve inflammation of the liver cells, due to infection (like hep b, c), toxic chemicals, metabolic disease e.g.Nonalcoholic fatty liver (seen in obesity, diabetes) iron overload, damage from alcohol, autoimmune. ...Read more

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What is primary biliary cirrhosis (liver) like?

What is primary biliary cirrhosis (liver) like?

It's variable.: Depends on how long you have had it. Usually without symptoms early in the disesae. May be associated with itching, hypythyroidism, fatigue, osteoporosis and dry eyes. Can progress to cirrhosis over time. If you have pbc, you should talk with your doctor about what stage your disease is. ...Read more

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What's the difference between primary biliary cirrhosis and primary sclerosing cholangitis?

Similar symptoms: Distinct diseases that announce themselves in the same way. Both destroy the small bile ducts within the liver and produce jaundice, itching and sometimes failure of the liver. The microscopic picture, labs, and treatment options are as strikingly different as the presentations are similar. ...Read more

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What exactly is primary biliary cirrhosis?

What exactly is primary biliary cirrhosis?

Liver disease: Primary biliary cirrhosis is an autoimmune liver disease seen most commonly in women in the 4th to 5th decade of life. It generally presents with unexplained itching and occasionally jaundice. It is frequently found on routing screening liver tests which may show an elevated alkaline phosphotase. Though not curable it is treatable and treatment slows the progression to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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How can I treat primary biliary cirrhosis ?

Ursodiol: There is not much available to treat primary biliary cirrhosis, but ursodiol helps normalize the liver enzymes. For other therapies you should discuss with a hepatologist. ...Read more

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If you get biliary cirrhosis, how do you feel?

If you get biliary cirrhosis, how do you feel?

Depends: Some patients with biliary cirrhosis have no symptoms. Others have fatigue and other have severe itching. If you have this condition, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Who is most likely to develop biliary cirrhosis?

Who is most likely to develop biliary cirrhosis?

PBC--who gets it: 90% of pbc patients are female. Age ranges 20-80, but typically patients are 40-60. The disease is world-wide, & affects asians, caucasians, jews, african. Family clustering is common in sisters, twins, daughters, mothers. While environmental factors can't be ignored, a strong immunogenetic background for pbc that runs in families is suggested. Early sxs: fatigue, itching before jaundice, RUQ pain. ...Read more

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What can be done for primary biliary cirrhosis?

Number of things: If caught early, there are medications, particularly ursodeoxycholic acid (actigall) which can slow it down. Preventing and treating complications is also important, especially high pressure in the portal vein, which can be treated with beta blockers (inderal (propranolol) and others) and sometimes surgery. Itching, fatigue and other symptoms can be treated as well, but liver transplant is needed when severe. ...Read more

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Has anyone survived primary biliary cirrhosis for long?

Yes: There are some new medications that have been effective for stopping the progression of primary biliary cirrhosis, particularly urso- deoxycholic acid. In addition, liver transplanation can be lifesaving, and patients can live normal lifespans after liver transplantation, although the need for anti- rejection drugs can affect the quality of life and cause complications which shorten life as well. ...Read more

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I know this dude who has biliary cirrhosis. What is that?

PBC in dudes: 90% of pbc patients are female. Age ranges 20-80, but typically patients are 40-60. The disease is world-wide, & affects asians, caucasians, jews, african. Family clustering is common in sisters, twins, daughters, mothers. While environmental factors can't be ignored, a strong immunogenetic background for pbc that runs in families is suggested. Early sxs: fatigue, itching before jaundice, RUQ pain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Biliary cirrhosis?

Biliary Cirrhosis: Biliary Cirrhosis means cirrhosis due to damage to bile ducts ...Read more

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What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose biliary cirrhosis?

What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose biliary cirrhosis?

Needed tests: The major test needed are routine liver function test in combination with a test called ama and ana. If suspicioius a percutanious liver bx should be done for confirmation. ...Read more

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Could i get a handicap parking placard for primary biliary cirrhosis?

Why do you ask?: These permits are placed for people who have much more physical difficulty walking than do other peoples. If you have ascites and muscle wasting from primary biliary cirrhosis, this might be fair. If you have mild disease, and people see that you are asking for a special privilege that someone else would need far more, you'll lose the respect of your peers. Make the best choice. ...Read more

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Give me a hint. What kind of hassle am I facing if doc suspects biliary cirrhosis? What is required to diagnose?

Give me a hint. What kind of hassle am I facing if doc suspects biliary cirrhosis? What is required to diagnose?

Serologies, liver bi: If you are referring to primary biliary cirrhosis, this is a type of autoimmune disease of unknown cause. Most commonly found in females. In the past, it used to be diagnosed very late in its course and usually when there was liver failure. Nowadays, and with the frequent use of blood test is diagnosed very early. Actigall/urso is the mainstay of treatment. Hematologist or gastro should monitor yo. ...Read more

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Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (Definition)

A chronic disease in which the bile ducts in the ...Read more