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Tests For Liver Fibrosis
Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed?also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals?biopsy revealed fibrosis.
Not likely : Fibrosis of the liver is staged as 1-4. Stage 4 is cirrhosis. The problem with fibrosis is that it represents scar tissue formed within your liver due to repetitive damage to the hepatocytes (liver cells). Fibrosis may not be diagnosed after several years of repetitive acute damage. Review your pathology report and see what stage of fibrosis you are: early (1-2) or late (3-4). ...Read more
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
Best serum tests for liver damage (fibrosis/cirr.)? Ggt, apo a1, a2 alpha gammaglobulin, ldh, haptoglobin? Others? How to interpret? Caff breath test?
Need more tests: Serum tests may never become abnormal from fibrotic or cirrhosis until late. Ultrasound abdomen is good. Ct may help. Liver biopsy is best. Usually clinical history helps. Nonalcoholic fatty liver is emerging as a new and potentially big problem and is mostly diagnosed incidentally on ct or ultrasound of abdomen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Liver fibrosis: In general, liver fibrosis is not reversible. It is one step in the liver's response to injury, and progresses to become more widespread ("bridging") before the liver tries to regenerate, forming nodules, and at that time, cirrhosis is diagnosed. However, some insults if caught early may arrest or slow the progression of liver fibrosis. For instance, non alcoholic fatty liver disease can improve. ...Read more
Probably: Hiv/aids by it self is not a main cause of liver damage; however there are patients who are co-infected with hepatitis c, which in turn can cause liver injury, an ultrasound of the liver may indicate fibrosis but a biopsy can confirm the diagnosis; certain medications against hiv/aids may also cause liver damages ( niverapine). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would an ultrasound show liver fibrosis or cirrhosis? does an enlarged liver (16.7cm length) with significant fatty infiltration mean cirrosis started
Fatty infiltration: is a relatively common finding, is due to a number of various causes(sometimes there is no known cause), and is not necessarily a precursor to cirrhosis. Ultrasound can detect changes of cirrhosis, although it is not necessarily specific(other infiltrative processes might lok similar) unless there are advanced secondary signs, and biopsy or additional imaging(MRI) might be needed. ...Read more
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