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How does one effectively treat primary biliary cirrhosis?

How does one effectively treat primary biliary cirrhosis?

Not a great answer : Unfortunately, there is no cure. The autoimmune disorder destroys the liver over time. The treatments help to relieve the symptoms (ursodiol, anti-itching meds, anti-inflammatory meds, immune suppressing meds etc.) and if the disease progresses to final stages, liver transplant is the only really treatment. ...Read more

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Biliary (Definition)

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Can stage hepatic cirrhosis be cured?

Can stage hepatic cirrhosis be cured?

No: You don't cure cirrhosis, which is scarring of the liver, except by liver transplantation. But you can stop it from progressing by eliminating the cause: giving up alcohol, or treating hepatitis b or c. ...Read more

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How can I treat primary biliary cirrhosis ?

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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Is primary biliary cirrhosis hereditary?

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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Does antibiotic damage liver?my grandma have cirrhosis gastric ulcer and gastritis ?how to treatment ?

Does antibiotic damage liver?my grandma have cirrhosis gastric ulcer and gastritis ?how to treatment ?

Which antibiotic?: No medication is without potential side effect. Work w/your (grandma's) doc to determine if desired benefit exceeds potential risk. Some medications, such as paracetamol, are dangerous to liver in high doses. Others harm kidneys or stomach lining. Ask prescribing doc which medications are being used. Then search reputable references such as www.drugs.com & www.epocrates.com, etc. Good luck! ...Read more

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Will primary sclerosing cholangitis kill me?

Will primary sclerosing cholangitis kill me?

Yes: It is a disease that slowly progresses and eventually without treatment leads to hepatic failure which has a very high mortality rate. ...Read more

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Biliary dyskinesia--diagnosis and treatment?

Biliary dyskinesia--diagnosis and treatment?

HIDA scan: Diagnosis is made to confirm non function of the gallbladder.An ultrasound will show no stones and be normal. A hida scan will demonstrate decreased function or decreased ejection fraction and most likely produce pain if cck is used. The treatment is gallbladder removal. ...Read more

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What is chronic liver parenchymal disease with cirrhosis; varices and ascites?

What is chronic liver parenchymal disease with cirrhosis; varices and ascites?

This sounds serious: To translate, you have liver cell damage and scarring (cirrhosis), which caused abnormally elevated portal vein pressures which caused venous distention in esophagus (varices). You also developed fluid in abdominal cavity, because of the high portal vein pressure. This imaging study is showing advanced stage of liver disease. You must get a specialist to treat you. ...Read more

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Is liver cirrhosis completely curable?

Is liver cirrhosis completely curable?

No: Some scarring will always remain even if you can remove the original cause (alcohol, hemochromatosis, wilson's, hepatitis b / c, autoimmunity). However, some cirrhotic livers have enough scar regression so that you can have a happy life. ...Read more

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Hep c cause Cirrhosis stage 4grade1 treatment cured from hep c, Can Cirrhosis still progress and keep scarring the liver after been clear from hep c?

Hep c cause Cirrhosis stage 4grade1 treatment cured from hep c, Can Cirrhosis still progress and keep scarring the liver after been clear from hep c?

Yes: Unfortunately cirrhosis is an irreversible process and some of the inflammatory activity that leads to scarring of the liver may proceed in absence of the virus (autoimmune mechanism). However, getting rid of the virus at least removes the initial or major cause of inflammation and thus may slow down the entire process ...Read more

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Diagnosed with acute alcohol induced hepatitis and early cirrhosis denied a liver transplant bleeding and infection are risks. On dialysis--prognosis?

Diagnosed with acute alcohol induced hepatitis and early cirrhosis denied a liver transplant bleeding and infection are risks. On dialysis--prognosis?

Still drinking?: Acute liver injury due to alcohol use is unlikely to have a good outcome unless abstinence occurs. That is the only chance of surviving. The kidney injury may improve - insufficient info to respond. Top priority now is alcohol abuse treatment. - for long term prognosis. ...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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Advance liver cancer,liver size 21cm no obstructed bile ducts,bilirubin 10.81,mild ascites.what treatment would work now?Is chemo still an option?

Advance liver cancer,liver size 21cm no obstructed bile ducts,bilirubin 10.81,mild ascites.what treatment would work now?Is chemo still an option?

Liver cancer: Advance liver cancer,liver size 21cm no obstructed bile ducts,bilirubin 10.81,mild ascites.what treatment would work now?Is chemo still an option? ANS: Please discuss with your Dr. We cannot give good advice without seeing you. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone die from pancreatitis with early stage liver failure?

Is it possible for someone die from pancreatitis with early stage liver failure?

Yes: The pancreatitis can create an additonal stress on the liver leading to further damage. With both organs then working poorly the body becomes susceptible to infection. This scenario can be difficult to predict and the best indication for recory are what happens in the first couple of weeks of the illness. ...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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Primary biliary cirrhosis:best treatment options, what to do?

Primary biliary cirrhosis:best treatment options, what to do?

Liver trasplant: See a liver specialist will manage initially medical treatment , and enroll you in the program ...Read more

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How is biliary atresia generally treated?

Surgery: Once the diagnosis is made and if the baby is considered an appropriate candidate, the approach is surgical. As the problem is lack of drainage of bile from the liver to the intestine, a new connection is made between the liver and intestine. It is called a portoenterostomy or a kasai procedure. Sometimes the child is not a candidate and may need transplantation of liver. ...Read more

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How is pancreatic cancer with liver metasis treated?

How is pancreatic cancer with liver metasis treated?

Chemotherapy: Generally chemotherapy. If the cancer has spread to the liver, it probably has also spread to other organs in amounts too small to be seen by even the highest quality scans. Since chemo enters the blood stream, that's why this is the best treatment. After chemo, if there is only 1 or 2 liver spots, sometimes these can ablated (radiation or heat probes). ...Read more

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Primary biliary cirrhosis:best treatment options, what to do?

Liver trasplant: See a liver specialist will manage initially medical treatment , and enroll you in the program ...Read more

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If you are diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis, what are best treatment options?

Liver transplant: There are treatments that would reduce the symptoms in early stage of the disease. In the advanced phase, liver transplant would be the best option. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/primary-biliary-cirrhosis/ds00604. ...Read more

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Love indian culture and yoga. Can I ask an indian doctor at a us hospital to use some treatments from there to heal me of biliary cirrhosis?

Love indian culture and yoga. Can I ask an indian doctor at a us hospital to use some treatments from there to heal me of biliary cirrhosis?

Data it works?Safe?: Sure, you could use rx from anywhere or any culture, but do they work? Are they safe? Do they require monitoring? Just because something is natural, or has been used for thousands of years doesn't mean that it is either safe or effective. (bleeding people for rx was "standard of care" for 2000 years, before shown to be bogus, and detrimental. Be smart, get data, then decide. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for bilary cirrhosis?

Treatment: I assume your question is treatment of primary biliary cirrhosis. In that case, treatment is ursodeoxycholic acid. This medication slow down the progression of disease and improve life expectancy. ...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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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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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 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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Primary biliary cirrhosis - early stages. Can I have a gastric band for weight reduction?

Rethink: Would carefully discuss this with your gastroenterologist and with the surgeon who is contemplating this procedure. Without fully evaluating you impossible to say for certain, but this sounds like a very risky option under the circumstances. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there anything you can use over-the-counter for itching due to primary biliary cirrhosis?

Is there anything you can use over-the-counter for itching due to primary biliary cirrhosis?

Possibly: Bathing in colloidal oatmeal (much more finely ground than what you eat for breakfast) and using skin moisturizers may help. Cold packs placed over the skin may soothe the itching. If okay with your doctor & your other medicines, you might consider using milk thistle -- check with doctor first. Some antihistamines are available otc, but may also make you drowsy. Don't smoke. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can cause sudden elevation of liver levels in a primary biliary cirrhosis pt on meds?

Repeat and see GI: Primary biliary cirrhosis is an autoimmune disease of the liver that affect women more than men. Medications for treatment include ursodeoxycholic acid and steroids for acute flairs. Transient elevations may occur for a variety of reasons: 1) exacerbation of pbc; 2) injury to liver from another cause, e.g. Alcohol, tylenol; 3) viral infection, hepatitis or other virus. Repeat labs and see md. ...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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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 are the tests for biliary cirrhosis?

Autoantibody &Biopsy: In addition to abnormal blood tests due to malfunction of liver, patients with primary biliary cirrhosis have peculiar autoantibodies, anti-mitochondrial antibodies. Blood tests and imaging suggest cirrhosis, confirmation requires biopsy (usually needle biopsy) and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of biliary cirrhosis?

Jaundice & itching: Primary biliary cirrhosis is an autoimmune phenomenon and may be associated with damage to other organs. The prominent symptoms of biliary cirrhosis are jaundice and itching. With progression symptoms of liver failure, e.g., edema, bleeding, ascites etc appear. ...Read more

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Describe the features of biliary cirrhosis.?

Describe the features of biliary cirrhosis.?

Liver failure: There are many things that happen with cirrhosis, depending on how severe it is. These include confusion, bleeding from the GI tract, jaundice, fluid buildup in the belly, increased risk for liver cancer, and other symptoms. ...Read more

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What happens when you have biliary cirrhosis?

Liver failure: Biliary cirrhosis causes progressive damage to the liver. There is fibrosis (hardening) of the substance of the liver, increasing pressure in the blood supply, and slowly damaging the cells. Sepending on the cause of cirrhosis, there is very little that will cause reversal of the damage. ...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?

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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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (Definition)

A condition where the bile ducts of the liver break down. This causes a buildup of bile in the liver, including ...Read more