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Why Does Liver Cirrhosis Affect Digestion
Here is why:: Chronic liver disease, the advanced form of which is cirrhosis, can cause loss of appetite. fluid in the abdomen (ascites) may compromise your digestion, especially if infected. The blood vessels in your stomach and esophagus may become enlarged (varices) and are more likely to burst. portal hypertensive gastropathy may affect your digestion due to changes in the lining of the stomach.See 1 more doctor answer
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
I know that for people with liver cirrhosis they lose weight because of lost appetite, but do they also lose weight do to the fact that the liver can't assist in digestion as much anymore? In patients with cirrhosis do nutrients often pass through?
Unfortunately. ..: This is a slow gradual process. The liver functions similar to a municipal waste water treatment plant. When it no longer works, toxins and waste products build up and poison the body from the inside. It is essential that you avoid putting anything unhealthy into your body and following all of your doctors' recommendations to keep flushing out unneeded fluids and chemicals from your body.See 1 more doctor answer
See below: 1. Alcohol 2. Hepatitis c & b 3. Others like fatty liver disease, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, inflammatory bowel disease (includes ulcerative colitis and crohns - usually crohns), primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, tylenol (acetaminophen) or aflatoxin (certain mushrooms) toxicity but usually causes immediate failure, parasites, and others.See 1 more doctor answer
Family practice: It depends on the cause. If it is from alcohol, you stop drinking and healing will begin. Drugs can cause it as well. Discuss with your dr. Hepatitis c or b may cause cirrhosis that can be treated by antiviral medication. You may need to see a GI specialist for proper treatment and determine prognosis.
Toxin Metabolism: The liver and kidneys are the major organs allowing us to break down and eliminate almost everything you ingest. Cirrohosis destroys the ability of the liver to do that. Toxins build up and your organs shut down. This is the very short and simple answer as the function of the liver is very complex and there is not room or time to give you a complete answer.
See below: Alcohol is toxic to the liver fat accumulates in the liver when drinking occurs this progresses to alcoholic helpatis and then to cirrhosis cirrhosis leads to nodules shich have no resemblacne to normal lobules of the liver-and it is all because the liver detoxifies alcohol and this alcohol is itsef toxic to the llvier cells.
See below: It depends on the severity of the cirrhosis and the underlying cause two major causes of death are massive bleeding from esophageal varicose and ascites. If both these are prevented he can live longer.
I'm not aware: Of any limitations of citrus types in cirrhosis.
No: In general, it would be a good idea to minimize salt intake and also protein intake if cirrhosis is advanced. But otherwise you should eat well-balanced healthy diet rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. fruits including citrus provide an abundance of potassium, magnesium, and vitamin c. Citrus fruits could aggravate acid reflux symptoms though.See 1 more doctor answer
Alcohol: Difficult to answer, not knowing how much/how long, & what your liver function tests showed.
Variable: The life expectancy is very variable and depends on the cause and stage of cirrhosis, state of compensation, development of malignancy etc. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion about life expectancy for a given patient. See this site for more info. Http://www. Webmd. Com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver.
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