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Why does liver cirrhosis affect digestion?

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.

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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How do I know if I have liver cirrhosis or not?

How do I know if I have liver cirrhosis or not?

Tests: You need to see a doctor, and he can tell by some blood testing, liver imaging (ultrasound or ct scan usually). If unsure, a liver biopsy can be done, if needed.

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What is the process of dying of liver cirrhosis?

What is the process of dying of liver cirrhosis?

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.

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What are the symptoms of liver cirrhosis in men?

What are the symptoms of liver cirrhosis in men?

Cirrhosis: Refer to my answer above. In addition, men can show gynecomastia (large breasts).

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What are the most common causes of liver cirrhosis?

What are the most common causes of liver cirrhosis?

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.

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Is liver cirrhosis curable?

Is liver cirrhosis curable?

No: No, but you stop it from progressing further by eliminating the cause: abstaining from alcohol or treating hepatitis b or c.

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What is the cure for liver cirrhosis?

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.

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How does liver cirrhosis kill someone?

How does liver cirrhosis kill someone?

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.

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Is liver cirrhosis completely curable?

Is liver cirrhosis completely curable?

No: Some scarring will always remain even if you can remove the original cause (alcohol, hemochromatosis, wilson's, hepatitis b / c, autoimmunity). However, some cirrhotic livers have enough scar regression so that you can have a happy life.

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Is there any remedy for liver cirrhosis?

Is there any remedy for liver cirrhosis?

Liver transplant: There is no medical treatment to reverse established cirrhosis. Replacing the liver through transplantation is about the only way to "remedy" cirrhosis.

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How can alcohol-induced liver cirrhosis form?

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.

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Confused - liver cirrhosis or not, how do I know?

Confused - liver cirrhosis or not, how do I know?

Get studies: You can have a badly injured liver without it being cirrhotic. To know for sure, there's imaging and/or biopsy. Your physician will let you know when / if this is advisable.

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How long would my dad have to live with liver cirrhosis?

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.

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Are there particular citrus fruits a person with liver cirrhosis should avoid?

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.

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How much alcohol continuation in my condition can make liver cirrhosis happen?

How much alcohol continuation in my condition can make liver cirrhosis happen?

Alcohol: Difficult to answer, not knowing how much/how long, & what your liver function tests showed.

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Please tell me what is the average life expectancy of someone with liver cirrhosis?

Please tell me what is the average life expectancy of someone with liver cirrhosis?

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.