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Doctor insights on: Terminal Liver Disease In Children

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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 can be done for liver disease?

What can be done for liver disease?

See below: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of liver disease?

What are some symptoms of liver disease?

Lots of choices: In esld (end-stage liver disease), much of liver has been replaced by scarring & may not repair itself. Has higher risk of liver cancer. If compensated, asymptomatic; get symptoms if progressive disease +/- alcohol. In acute liver disease however, common complaints include: jaundice (yellow eyes, skin; dark urine, light stool), itching, liver enlargement & RUQ pain, ascites, fluid build-up, more. ...Read more

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Could mage4 be positive in liver diseases?

Could mage4 be positive in liver diseases?

Not likely: Melanoma associated antigen 4 is usually present in squamous cancers and melanoma, and found in testes and placenta. It is not known to be found in liver disease or liver cancer. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of liver disease?

What are some of the symptoms of liver disease?

Varied: In mild cases, the only symptoms may just be mild fatigue. More severe cases can result in jaundice (yellowing of the skin), ascites (fluid accumulation in the abdomen and legs) and encephalopathy (mental status changes). ...Read more

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What are some tell tell signs of liver disease?

What are some tell tell signs of liver disease?

Many signs: There can be many signs. Jaundice or yellowing of the skin and eyes is common. Feeling tired, bloating in your abdomen and sometimes confusion can happen as well. The best thing to do is to see your doctor and get appropriate blood tests. ...Read more

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I am curious to know all symptoms of liver disease?

Variable: In esld (end-stage liver disease), much of liver has been replaced by scarring & may not repair itself. Has higher risk of liver cancer. If compensated, asymptomatic; get symptoms if progressive disease +/- alcohol. In acute liver disease however, common complaints include: jaundice (yellow eyes, skin; dark urine, light stool), itching, liver enlargement & RUQ pain, ascites, fluid build-up, more. ...Read more

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Can you describe the initial signs of liver disease?

Can you describe the initial signs of liver disease?

Usually nothing: It is only with advanced chronic liver disease or with severe acute live injury/failure does on start to develop signs of jaundice, confusion, pruritis and possibly ascites. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is parenchymatous liver disease?

Can you tell me what is parenchymatous liver disease?

Liver cell disease: The liver parenchyma is the hepatic cells that comprise the liver itself. Alcohol can cause scaring in the form of cirrhosis. Viral disease will cause inflammation of the liver cells known as hepatitis. ...Read more

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What is parenchymatous liver disease? How common is this?

What is parenchymatous liver disease? How common is this?

Most of them: The hepatitis family, autoimmune hepatitis, hemochromatosis, wilson's, antitrypsin deficiency, and most drug allergy all hit the liver parenchyma. Gallstones, tumors, and a few others are non-parenchymatous. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are all the symptoms of liver disease?

Can't name them all: Here, but right upper abdominal pain, nausea, weight loss, jaundice, aversion to cigarette smoke, easy bruising. Signs of liver failure are abdominal fluid collection, GI bleeding, neurologic signs, palmar erythema, spider like red rash. Liver damage is serious problem, because you can't live without this organ. ...Read more

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What is fatty liver disease?

What is fatty liver disease?

See below: Fatty liver is essentially the abnormal deposition of fat in the liver. It can lead to inflammation and ultimately cirrhosis. The causes include alcohol, non-alcoholic fatty liver and medications. Non-alcoholic fatty liver is the most common and is related to obesity, high triglycerides, diabetes and genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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Itching cause by liver disease?

Itching cause by liver disease?

Yes: If liver disease includes a rise in billirubin level, itching can become unbearable. I saw a pregnant woman once with elevated billirubin from pregnancy related liver stasis. Her itching was so intense that she would use coat hangers on the bottoms of her feet until they bled from her scratching. Obviously, the itching can be miserable in this situation. ...Read more

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Does alcohol cause liver disease?

Does alcohol cause liver disease?

Yes: Chronic or excessive alcohol use is a major cause of liver disease worldwide. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for liver disease?

Is there a cure for liver disease?

Depends on cause: There are many types of liver disease. Some liver diseases are caused by viruses like Hepatitis A, B, C. Some liver diseases are caused by medications, alcohol or drugs. Some liver diseases usually resolve on their own like Hepatitis A. Some have treatment but no cure and some are curable. You would need to know what type of liver disease you have to know if it is curable. ...Read more

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How to reverse fatty liver disease?

How to reverse fatty liver disease?

NAC: N- acetyl cysteine, b complex vitamins esp b6, milk thistle, co-q 10 (ubiquinol), glutamine gives more energy to liver to replenish itself. If you can use pemf protocol daily (pulsed magnet rx) you can regenerate liver. ...Read more

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Symptoms of liver disease in girls?

Same as in boys: In esld (end-stage liver disease), much of liver has been replaced by scarring & may not repair itself. Has higher risk of liver cancer. If compensated, asymptomatic; get symptoms if progressive disease +/- alcohol. In acute liver disease however, common complaints include: jaundice (yellow eyes, skin; dark urine, light stool), itching, liver enlargement & RUQ pain, ascites, fluid build-up, more. ...Read more

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Can liver disease cause cholestasis?

Can liver disease cause cholestasis?

Sure, but...: Liver disease comes in many varieties and manifestations: cholestasis (either intrahepatic or extrahepatic) with jaundice; infiltrative (like fatty liver, amyloidosis); fibrotic (trending toward cirrhosis); congestive (blood backs up into the liver); ischemic; shock injury; toxic (either metabolic or drug-related); hepatitis (infectious or otherwise, the liver cells are sick); familial; cancer... ...Read more

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What are signs of fatty liver disease?

What are signs of fatty liver disease?

Abnormal LFTs: There's NAFLD (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease) which is just fat in the liver, and more of it than usual - and NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis) which is when that fat gets inflamed. The latter if not controlled, can lead to cirrhosis over time. Signs are typically elevated ALT (more so than AST) and increased echogenicity on ultrasounds. Often associated with 'metabolic syndrome'. ...Read more

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Is my itching caused by liver disease?

Is my itching caused by liver disease?

Unlikely: While it is certainly true that people with jaundice have itching, itching alone is not commonly seen with simple liver disease. ...Read more

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Can a liver disease cause bad body odor?

Yes: Yes it can specially advanced liver disease. ...Read more

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Chances of developing chronic liver disease?

Chances of developing chronic liver disease?

Live a clean life: You can avoid chronic liver disease by not drinking alcohol in excess and by avoidance of hepatitis b and c by getting tested and vaccinated. This will prevent most of the commons causes of chronic liver disease. ...Read more

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In a nutshell, what is chronic liver disease?

In a nutshell, what is 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 more

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What are the tests for chronic liver disease?

What are the tests for chronic liver disease?

1: Multiple blood tests to determine cause like hepatitis c, alcohol, iron overload etc., ultrasound and ct scan of liver and gold standard is liver biopsy. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is chronic liver disease?

What sort of disease is chronic liver disease?

Many diseases: Chronic liver disease is an generalized term to describe any liver condition that affects the liver over time, of which there are many. Concerns regarding this are that if the condition is not treated, it may progress to liver scarring, otherwise known as cirrhosis. ...Read more

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How does liver disease affect quality of life?

How does liver disease affect quality of life?

Information needed: Quality of life is different for everyone and liver disease has a broad spectrum. Much more information is necessary to be able to give a reasonable answer. What kind of liver disease and how bad? Is this due to a virus or due to an injury of some type or due to a poor lifestyle choice? To give you a good answer, more would need to be known. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chronic liver disease?

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

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Can liver disease symptoms go away with alcohol?

Can liver disease symptoms go away with alcohol?

No, alcohol: Will make your liver worse. Don't drink if you have liver disease already. ...Read more

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Does high bilirubin level indicate liver disease?

Bilirubin: Gilbert syndrome (normal variant usually less than 4), gallstone obstruction (you'll be very sick), end stage liver disease (again very sick), pancreatic cancer (causing obstruction). Could be many things, go over results with doctor and gi. ...Read more

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Advice for patients with end stage liver disease?

Need a doc: If you have end stage liver disease you need to be under the care of ideally a gastroenterologist with an interest in liver disease. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of infectious liver disease?

Hep A, B, C, CMV, EBV: In esld (end-stage liver disease), much of liver has been replaced by scarring & may not repair itself. Has higher risk of liver cancer. If compensated, asymptomatic; get symptoms if progressive disease +/- alcohol. In acute liver disease however, common complaints include: jaundice (yellow eyes, skin; dark urine, light stool), itching, liver enlargement & RUQ pain, ascites, fluid build-up, more. ...Read more

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What is fatty liver disease? How do you treat it?

What is fatty liver disease? How do you treat it?

Weight loss: Fatty liver is usually diagnosed with an ultrasound showing fat deposits in the liver. Usually liver enzymes are elevated (ALT and AST). Most people with fatty liver are overweight, so weight loss is the curative treatment. Diet and exercise is crucial in achieving substantial weight loss. Avoid supplements that causes weight loss (as can be harmful). Overall this is a benign condition. ...Read more

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What kind of liver diseases are caused by alcohol?

What kind of liver diseases are caused by alcohol?

Cirrhosis, hepatitis: Chronic, excessive alcohol use can cause acute alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver disease and ultimately lead to cirrhosis of the liver. Liver cancer can occur as well once cirrhosis has developed. ...Read more

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Liver Diseases (Definition)

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