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Signs Of Chronic Liver Disease
Injured liver: In the USA the common forms of chronic liver disease are cirrhosis from alcohol use, chronic fatty liver from obesity and liver damage after viral hepatitis. Ongoing liver inflammation or scar from one of these is called chronic disease. The liver helps so many natural processes that people with liver damage have many troubles. Water retention, bleeding, food intolerance, low blood counts etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Depends on cause: Depending on the cause, chances can be very good. If due to alcohol, must stop drinking; if hepatitis viruses, there is rx, and must stop drinking; if iron overload- get bled; if autoimmune- get rx; if fatty liver-lose weight, rx diabetes. Chronic liver disease can be just that-chronic; with long term good quality of life. Lots of meds available to improve, or at least prevent progression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually nothing, but: The liver can handle a lot of abuse before you start seeing symptoms. This can take years of abuse sometimes. When the liver becomes so scarred that you develop something called "cirrhosis", or end stage liver disease, then many things will start happening, including jaundice (yellow skin/eyes), bleeding from your GI tract, confusion, fluid buildup in the abdomen and other things. ...Read more
It depends: Chronic liver disease due to ? Optimal treatment is often specific to the cause of the disease process (alcoholism, viral hepatitis, metabolic disorder, intrinsic liver disease, neoplastic process - just to name few) start with your primary physician - many are good at managing chronic liver issue. More complicated process may need additional input from a gi/hepatologist. ...Read more
Maybe none: In esld (end-stage liver disease), much of liver has been replaced by scarring & may not repair itself. Some esld causes: viral infection (b, c, CMV are common), familial (hemochromatosis, wilson's, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, others), toxic/environmental/occupational, alcohol related. Has higher risk of liver cancer. If compensated, asymptomatic; get symptoms if progressive disease +/- alcohol. ...Read more
Lactulose: Generally used to treat condition known as hepatic encephalopathy. There is ammonia build-up in the system due to malfunctioning liver. The encephalopathy is associated with mental confusion , tremor , disorientation, drowsiness which can progress to coma. Lactulose aids in lowering the ammonia level and thus prevent progressive encephalopathy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Its the Tylenol: Most hydrocodone products are paired with tylenol (acetaminophen) and this is toxic to your liver in large amounts. Having said that, a sick liver may not process the narcotic as well as a healthy liver which may cause dosing problems. Speak with your doctor and if your liver fxn is worsening try pain meds without the tylenol component or other interventions for the pain. ...Read more
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