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What are the symptoms of stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver?

What are the symptoms of stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver?

Depends: Stage 4 is a histological (microscopic) term that denotes the presence of established cirrhosis in the liver. Cirrhosis itself may be asymptomatic or may develop symptoms of liver failure, such as jaundice, ascites, bleeding or encephalopathy, among others. ...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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My husband was told he has stage 4 cirrhosis / liver cancer. Does that mean the cirrosis is stage 4 or the liver cancer is stage 4?

My husband was told he has stage 4 cirrhosis / liver cancer. Does that mean the cirrosis is stage 4 or the liver cancer is stage 4?

Cirrhosis vs cancer: Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. People with cirrhosis are at risk for liver cancer. it is certainly possible that he has both, though we wouldn't use 'stage 4' for liver cancer but woudl instead say that someone has metastasis. did he have a biopsy? The 'stage 4' is much more likley to refer to degree of scarring, meaning cirrhosis. If he has no liver cancer now, he needs to be screened > ...Read more

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My husband was told he has stage 4 cirrhosis / liver cancer. Does that mean the cirrosis is stage 4 or the liver cancer is stage 4? I'm confused, please clarify.

My husband was told he has stage 4 cirrhosis / liver cancer. Does that mean the cirrosis is stage 4 or the liver cancer is stage 4? I'm confused, please clarify.

Ask his Doctor: If you are confused, there's little sense in you becoming more confused now. That is because there is a lot more about your husband's case which his doctor would know about, than we could from only the information available here. I am sure you are very concerned and upset about your husband and if he has cirrhosis, there are likely other issues as well. I am very sorry about your husband. ...Read more

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How serious is stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver?

How serious is stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver?

Advanced: It means the liver is all scarred down. Stage 4 is the same as having cirrhosis. It is irreversible. If whatever is damaging the liver is not controlled, it can lead to liver failure. ...Read more

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What can I do if my dad has stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver, how serious is this?

What can I do if my dad has stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver, how serious is this?

Extremely: Cirrhosis may reverse some if the cause can be removed or kept at bay. Otherwise, the only hope is liver transplantation. If the drinking is out of control, he's not a candidate. If there's another cause & he's alcohol-free, he hasa realistic hope for many more great years. Without definitive treatment, the outlook is usually very poor and management is only palliative. ...Read more

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How long do you have with advanced stage 4 liver cirrhosis? How many stages are there?

How long do you have with advanced stage 4 liver cirrhosis? How many stages are there?

4: There are four stages of fibrosis (scarring) and stage 4 is cirrhosis. When you say stage 4 cirrhosis--it is a confusing term since the europeans use a different classification where stage 4 of cirrhosis means cirrhosis with signs of liver failure that is much worse than stage 4 of fibrosis. Please discuss more with your liver doctor. ...Read more

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How bad is stage 4 liver cirrhosis and what is the life expectancy?

How bad is stage 4 liver cirrhosis and what is the life expectancy?

Stage 4=cirrhosis: 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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What is the life expectancy for someone with stage 4 liver cirrhosis?

What is the life expectancy for someone with stage 4 liver cirrhosis?

Short and variable: It is not feasible to predict with any degree of accuracy as to how long will a given individual with a given illness will live. See this site for more info.
http://www. Webmd. Com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver. ...Read more

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I had a liver biopsy done, stage 4 cirrhosis, could you please tell me how bad this is??

I had a liver biopsy done, stage 4 cirrhosis, could you please tell me how bad this is??

Very serious: This is so serious that you would do well to have ie read by. A second pathologist. You also need to determine the cause of the cirrhosis. Usually it is partly reversible if you find and can treat the cause. ...Read more

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My mom has stage 3 cirrhosis of the liver what should I expect in stage 4, what to do?

My mom has stage 3 cirrhosis of the liver what should I expect in stage 4, what to do?

? stage 3 or 4: Cirrhosis=stage 4 (not 3), or advanced liver scars. Complications like fluid build up in your abdominal cavity (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), and liver cancer (hcc) as well as easy bruising, fatigue and jaundice on occasion (elevated bilirubin) can occur. You need to be followed by a liver doctor who can manage and control the above signs/symptoms as they occur at different rates. ...Read more

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When cirrhosis gets to stage 4 does it turn into liver cancer? I'm confused..

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When cirrhosis gets to stage 4 does it turn into liver cancer? I'm confused..

Liver cirrhosis & ca: Hepatocellular carcinoma (malignant hepatoma) is most common type of liver cancer, & most cases are secondary to either viral hepatitis or cirrhosis. This tumor is rare in usa. Main risk factors are alcoholism, hepatitis b or c, wilson's disease, type 2 diabetes with obesity, & hemochromatosis. ...Read more

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My husband has hep c and cirrhosis stage 4 since 2003 he is getting his liver tapped today. He is on lasiks 3 times a day at 4o mg a pop. His liver and?

My husband has hep c and cirrhosis stage 4 since 2003 he is getting his liver tapped today. He is on lasiks 3 times a day at 4o mg a pop. His liver and?

What is the?: Cirrhosis represents scarring of the liver. It is usefully classified as child's (or child-pugh) class a, b or c. This has nothing to do with hep c as such. Tapping fluid (ascites) suggests it is class b or c and often indicates there is poor fluid and salt management. Lasix (furosemide) needs only once daily therapy. 120 of Lasix (furosemide) usually requires spironolactone to counter the k+ loss (often in a 40:100 ratio). ...Read more

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I contracted hepc from a blood transfusion in 1985 due to a lacerated liver. Stage 4 cirrhosis 2003.What kind of diet is there?

I contracted hepc from a blood transfusion in 1985 due to a lacerated liver. Stage 4 cirrhosis 2003.What kind of diet is there?

Depends: Cirrhosis is actually a high-metabolic state with high (non-animal) protein requirements. Too much animal protein can lead to confusion, however. Are you thinking about transplant? Are you getting the hcv treated - there are regimens now that can work in cirrhosis provided you're not too compromised... ...Read more

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What is the difference between liver cancer & cirrhosis of the liver? I have been diagnosed with primary biliary ciffhosis stage 4.

What is the difference between liver cancer & cirrhosis of the liver? I have been diagnosed with primary biliary ciffhosis stage 4.

Different problems: Cirrhosis is a complex scarring of the liver that results in disruption of both the liver cells, which must accomplish a large number of tasks, and the flow of the "rivers" in the liver that help accomplish that, by putting scars across them. The cells inside these inflamed and scarred areas are more prone to mutate and become cancerous, so that cirrhosis may lead to cancer of the liver. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have cirrhosis of the liver. The Doc. Says stage 4 level 4. I also am waiting for new meds to come out in fall for hep c.Life expectancy is....?

I have cirrhosis of the liver. The Doc. Says stage 4 level 4. I also am waiting for new meds to come out in fall for hep c.Life expectancy is....?

Depends: How is your liver function? If your docs are suggesting waiting and not going for SIM/SOF now, then things can't be too dire. Make sure you get regular screening for liver cancer and esophageal varices. If the HCV gets taken care of, may or may not need a transplant down the line. ...Read more

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My husband is in very early stages of stage 4 non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. His doctor told him to lose weight. What is his life expectancy?

My husband is in very early stages of stage 4 non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. His doctor told him to lose weight. What is his life expectancy?

Depends: Regarding his diagnosis, stage 1 is early and likely reversible with weight loss, excercise, and a good diet. Avoiding alcohol abuse and getting vaccinated against hepatitis b is also as good idea. It is not end-stage liver disease. Life expectancy could be totally normal. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?

What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?

Need to ask your ono: Your oncologist can help. Anemia can be caused by blood loss (which is common in patients with cirrhosis (GI blood loss due to varices).
Poor blood formation is also common (Anemia of chronic disease). Blood transfusion can help the pateint. Keep Hemoglobin near 10 Grams.
There is some treatment for Liver cancer that could be tried (the medicine is called Nexavar (Sorafenib) ...Read more

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Was is the life expectancy of a Woman with NASH cirrhosis recently diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer exhibiting grade 3 hepatic encephalopathy.

Was is the life expectancy of a Woman with NASH cirrhosis recently diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer exhibiting grade 3 hepatic encephalopathy.

Poor prognosis: Regretfully, Stage 4 disease is associated with spread of the liver cancer to minimally nearby lymph nodes, and probably through into blood vessels. The treatment is typically chemotherapy, with/without embolization. The presence of an encephalopathic clinical picture also portends to a guarded at best prognosis. Please consult with a specialist care team to determine therapeutic options. ...Read more