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What sort of disease is cirrhosis?

What sort of disease is cirrhosis?

Scarred Liver: Liver damage and scarring of the liver from a variety of causes results in what is called cirrhosis of the liver. Alcohol, viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver diseases, inheritedliver disease are some examples of causes of cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why cirrhosis is not considered a disease found in young people?

Can you please explain why cirrhosis is not considered a disease found in young people?

It could be: It depends on what you consider young. The reason cirrhosis is considered a disease of mid to older age people, is because it goes unrecognized for years. It can be present in your 20's, although much more infrequently. Cirrhosis = scars in the liver and that takes time, occurs because of chronic inflammation (from viral hepatitis, alcohol, metabolic, fatty liver, etc.) if concerned, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have cirrhosis and hepatocellular disease.I know that cirrhosis is not reversable, but what exactly is hepatocellular disease?

I have cirrhosis and hepatocellular disease.I know that cirrhosis is not reversable, but what exactly is hepatocellular disease?

Not sure: Cirrhosis is considered the end stage of many different hepatocellular liver diseases (hepatitis, metabolic conditions, infections, alcohol, fatty liver, etc.). "hepatocellular" disease just refers to a disease that affects your liver cells (of which there are many). Whereas cirrhosis is considered irreversible, many "hepatocellular" diseases can be slowed or reversed if treated. ...Read more

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I have cirrhosis and am experiencing both right and left flank pain. I am decompensated. Is this pain associated with the disease?

I have cirrhosis and am experiencing both right and left flank pain. I am decompensated. Is this pain associated with the disease?

Possibly : Two common things that could cause bilateral flank pain in decompensated cirrhosis are ascities and spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (sbp). The latter is a more pressing concern and usually presents with fevers/chills, but not always, and requires medical attention as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have chronic liver disease and cirrhosis?

How do I know if I have chronic liver disease and cirrhosis?

Are you sick?: Cirrhosis (liver scarring) and chronic liver disease may exist, even if the underlying disease (like alcohol use) is over. In this case, the presence of old disease is less important than the risk of progressive disease. Liver tests, viral counts, bipsies etc all help evaluate this risk. Test of current liver function (like Albumin and bleeding) are important to gauge current function. ...Read more

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Could you have cirrhosis of the liver and fatty liver disease at the same time?

Could you have cirrhosis of the liver and fatty liver disease at the same time?

Yes: Sometimes severe fatty liver can result in liver damage of nash (non-alcoholic steato-hepatitis) or nodular cirrhosis changes of the liver. ...Read more

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If you have cirrhosis or liver disease, can your enzymes go back to normal levels?

If you have cirrhosis or liver disease, can your enzymes go back to normal levels?

Sometimes: It depends how bad the cirrhosis is. The liver is one of the body's best organs at regenerating. Also, a liver transplant can sometimes restore normal function. ...Read more

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In cirrhosis does the presence of ascites always indicate decompensation and is this considered a serious complication and stage of the disease?

In cirrhosis does the presence of ascites always indicate decompensation and is this considered a serious complication and stage of the disease?

It is concerning: Ascites- buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity- can be a sign of serious decompensation in the liver function. This is usually seen in the later stages of liver failure. If this is seen you should let your doctor know right away. This is associated with decreased survival. However if the cause of the liver damage is found early-& treated this can delay progression. Cirrhosis can't be undone. ...Read more

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I have fatty liver and at risk for cirrhosis.Is there a cure for both liver diseases?

I have fatty liver and at risk for cirrhosis.Is there a cure for both liver diseases?

Diet and exercise : A 35 year old woman may have fatty liver due to genetics or be at risk for it from obesity or diabetes. Not all Patients with fatty liver progress to cirrhosis. We worry about patients with fat AND inflammation (NASH). A biopsy is helpful to determine risk of progression. Diet, exercise, wt. loss are recommended. See a liver specialist as other conditions must be ruled out 1st. ...Read more

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