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How accurate is a Ultrasound of the liver for finding Cirrhosis?

How accurate is a Ultrasound of the liver for finding Cirrhosis?

Ultrasound of liver: Ultrasound is a very good test to look for liver cirrhosis. This is because a liver that is scarred from whatever disease, will have a different "echotexture" than a normal liver. I would rate it's accuracy as a B+ or higher. It depends of course on the person reading the test, but alot of information can be gained from an ultrasound. It's radiation free and non-invasive. ...Read more

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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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What is the treatment for acute fatty liver of pregnancy?

What is the treatment for acute fatty liver of pregnancy?

Delivery of baby: Because the patient usually presents with liver failure, kidney failure, and whole host of associated potentially life threatening conditions, the best option is to get the baby delivered and then deal with all of the maternal complications. Maternal and fetal mortality approaches 25% and may even require liver transplant for the mother. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy for advanced cirrhosis of the liver be?

What would the life expectancy for advanced cirrhosis of the liver be?

It depends: There are a lot of factors involved. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed, your doctor may be able to give you an estimate, but it is only that and depends on how advanced, what treatments are possible and how the person's body responds to them. It can be upwards of a year in some cases (without transplant or other treatment), or so critical that it can be weeks to months. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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What is a difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

What is  a difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

See below: Cirrhosis is the replacement of normal tissues in the liver with scar tissue. This affects the functioning of the liver. Liver cancer is when cells in the liver begin growing out of control creating a tumor or mass. ...Read more

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Please help docs! is liver cirhossis considered to be the end stage of liver disorder?

Please help docs! is liver cirhossis considered to be the end stage of liver disorder?

Cirrhosis of liver: There are many causes of cirrhosis of liver. Alcoholic, and viral hepatitis are more common cause. They may also co-exist. Liver transplant is available for selected patients with chronic, irreversible, progressive liver disease or fulminant liver failure when no alternative therapy is available ! if you have cancer, severe infection, lung-heart disease, and continue to drink/abuse drug; bad news. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the main nursing diagnose for end stage cirrhosis of the liver?

I was wondering what are the main nursing diagnose for end stage cirrhosis of the liver?

Don't know what: You mean by main nursing. End stage cirrhosis is accompanied by yellow skin , urine conjunctiva, extreme weakness, abdominal swelling, leg swelling, grossly abnormal blood studies. ...Read more

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What is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

What is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Depends: Liver cancer can arise from cirrhosis which is called a primary liver cancer or hepatocellular cancer (HCC), or a secondary liver cancer meaning the cancer has come from somewhere else in the body (metastatic liver cancer). Either way, you need to see a liver specialist who can suggest options. ...Read more

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Can liver transplant is possible in the fourth stage of liver cancer?

Can liver transplant is possible in the fourth stage of liver cancer?

May be: Depends on type of cancer, location, size and number of lesions. If stage 4 is from another site ( like colon cancer) then transplant is not an option. U need to discuss with ur oncologist. ...Read more

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What are the reasons for a cirrhosis of the liver?

What are the reasons for a cirrhosis of the liver?

Several: In us there most common causes of cirrhosis are heavy alcohol use, hepatitis c and fatty liver disease. Hepatitis b is somewhat uncommon, because of universal vaccination, easy to treat and control the virus. It is more commonly seen in asian-american population. Fatty liver disease can occur because of obesity, uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. ...Read more

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Help please! is cirrhosis of the liver curable?

Not usually: Cirrhosis implies a permanent scar of the liver, but, the liver can repair itself to a remarkable degree. Talk with your doctor about this to help figure out what your situation is. ...Read more

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QUESTION FOR HEPATOLOGISTS: Could two Fibroscans and 3 ultrasounds miss advanced liver cirrhosis? Biopsy is out of the question

QUESTION FOR HEPATOLOGISTS: Could two Fibroscans and 3 ultrasounds miss advanced liver cirrhosis? Biopsy is out of the question

Reasonable test: If biopsy if unreasonable, the a fibroscan is a reasonable alternative. It is quite specific, meaning that if you are low value/result that it's unlikely that you have advanced fibrosis/cirrhosis, the actual percentage or specificity value, depends on your cut off point. So if you provide your specific results docs here may be better able to guide you. ...Read more

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What are treatments for cirrhosis of the liver?

What are treatments for  cirrhosis of the liver?

Transplant : Only real treatment is transplantation. That being said things can be done and medications prescribed that help minimize or manage systemic effects. ...Read more

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What is the progression timeline for cirrohsis of the liver?

What is the progression timeline for cirrohsis of the liver?

Depends: Cirrhosis without any complications ( confusion called hepatic encephalopathy, bleeding from varices in the esophagus or stomach, loss of muscle mass, liver cancer, fluid retention etc) have a dufferent prognosis compared to cirrhosis with all the above complications. ...Read more

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How accurate is a Fibroscan in detecting advanced fibrosis/cirrhosis of the liver? Biopsy is out of the question

Fibroscan: Liver biospy is the gold standard to diagnose liver issues. Fibroscan is a good alternative to screen for any liver fibrosis which may indicate liver disease. ...Read more

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Is there a medication to improve cirrhosis of the liver?

Is there a medication to improve cirrhosis of the liver?

No: There are no therapies proven to improve cirrhosis. There are many therapies available to improve and control symptoms. If you have infectious hepatitis, treatment for this may improve disease a bit. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with advanced cirrhosis of the liver?

What is the life expectancy for someone with advanced cirrhosis of the liver?

Variable: The prognosis of cirrhosis is highly variable since it is influenced by a number of factors, including etiology, severity, presence of complications, and comorbid diseases. Scoring systems are available to give you an idea of life expectancy but are far from exact. You should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is stag 1 cirrhosis of the liver (due to alcohol) considered cancer. My meld (model for end stage liver disease) score is 9-10 according to my doctor?

Is stag 1 cirrhosis of the liver (due to alcohol) considered cancer.
My meld (model for end stage liver disease) score is 9-10 according to my doctor?

No: Cirrhosis is not cancer. It is considered an end-stage fibrotic (scarring) process of liver following injury due to a variety of causes (alcohol, hepatitis c or b, biliary disease and a few other less common causes. It does put you at risk though of getting liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma). I am confused though by what you state: do you have stage 1 fibrosis or stage 4 (cirrhosis)? ...Read more

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