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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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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Can you tell me can I get liver failure while 16?

Can you tell me can I get liver failure while 16?

Yes. Why do you ask?: It can be destroyed, or nearly so, by acute hepatitis b, yellow fever, Acetaminophen overdose, taking the wrong 'holistic herbal remedy' (you don't know what they really are), or a genetic liver disease such as wilson's or one of the fatty acid metabolism defects. There are forms of childhood cirrhosis. Some teens are already drinking heavily enough to endanger the liver. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to your body when you get liver failure and die right away?

Could you tell me what happens to your body when you get liver failure and die right away?

Well depends: Are you asking if you get liver failure will your kidneys and all organs also fail? I would say no. I woudl also say that if you get liver failure you need an emergency transplant. You need to see a doctor because you will die if you do not. If you have already died from liver failure... Well then you are dead. Do you want to know what happens... They cremate you or bury you i guess. ...Read more

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My sister died at 20 from liver failure. Should i also get tested?

My sister died at 20 from liver failure. Should i also get tested?

Maybe: I'm very sorry that you lost your sister at such a young age. The answer to your question depends upon what caused your sister's liver failure. Her doctors would know whether this has any potential to affect you. You have a right to ask them if the cause of her liver failure was genetic. ...Read more

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If my family has a history of liver failure and needing liver transplants, can I get on a donation list ahead of time to prepare?

No.: To get on the list for a liver transplant, you must be in liver failure. However, you should visit a hepatologist (liver specialist) so that your family's underlying liver disease can be diagnosed and you can receive the proper treatment before your liver fails. ...Read more

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Do people with liver failure get drunk with less alcohol?

Do people with liver failure get drunk with less alcohol?

Yes, and get sicker: You need your liver to live.With progressive liver failure, your body loses the ability to clear alcohol from your system. They can commonly become drunk on less alcohol; other toxicities are increased, as is the ongoing damage to the liver, which can become irreversible. Death from liver failure is not pretty. Bottom line, no amount of alcohol is safe for someone with liver failure. ...Read more

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How come you get a yellow face when you have liver failure?

How come you get a yellow face when you have liver failure?

Bilirubin: The liver usually "cleans up" the products (bilirubin) that are released when old red blood cells in your body get recycled. In liver failure, these products cant be cleaned up and instead build up in the blood stream. Eventually, at high levels these get deposited in the skin, eyes and mucous membranes which end up looking yellow. ...Read more

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How many years of drinking heavily can it take for an alcoholic to get chronic liver failure?

Depends: Unfortunately, too many variables to answer online--genetics, volume / concentration of alcohol, quality of alcohol, any other drugs/meds, any infections (acute or chronic), etc., can all impact how long a liver can hold out under toxic assault--could be a few to many years. Pro-liver-health supplements can help prolong this also. ...Read more

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Have a cousin who is a alcoholic && just been diagnosed with liver failure. Will not tell the docs that she has a problem. Can she get a trans plant?

Have a cousin who is a alcoholic && just been diagnosed with liver failure. Will not tell the docs that she has a problem. Can she get a trans plant?

Yes: Encourage your cousin to discuss her alcohol intake with the doctor. Doc probably knows already. Depending on other factors heavy drinking may not prevent transplant, but alcoholism needs a daily program of recovery, otherwise your cousin is at risk for death due to other causes besides her liver failure, namely fatal trauma, suicide & imprisonment, common in alcoholism regardless of economics. ...Read more

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I've taken 4 tablets and drank 3 bottles of beer. Will i get liver failure?

I've taken 4 tablets and drank 3 bottles of beer. Will i get liver failure?

No: Plenty of people drink this much beer every day. If there are Acetaminophen / paracetamol tablets, you're not at the overdose range. Hey -- i've got an idea. You're smart enough to write healthtap. You really do care about health. I bet you actually don't enjoy the beer that much. Why not put it away? Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Evert Eriksson
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Liver Failure (Definition)

Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) or chronically (slow onset). Any liver failure is characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions vital for life. Liver has many functions: cleaning the body of toxins, processing food, producing proteins and blood clotting factors, modulating blood glucose. Failure can be seen: bleeding, fluid accumulation, yellow ...Read more