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Doctor insights on: Why Lactulose Is It Given To Patient With Liver Disease

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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Why is lactalose used in chronic liver disease?

Why is lactalose used in chronic liver disease?

Lactulose: Generally used to treat condition known as hepatic encephalopathy. There is ammonia build-up in the system due to malfunctioning liver. The encephalopathy is associated with mental confusion , tremor , disorientation, drowsiness which can progress to coma. Lactulose aids in lowering the ammonia level and thus prevent progressive encephalopathy. ...Read more

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Hi! how can I treat low urea level in patient with liver disease and what is the role of lola in lowering urea level ! thanks a lot

Low urea is good: Most labs report "normal" range for blood urea nitrogen as with serum creatinine. In fact BUN should ideally be reported as normal < 20 in adults. Babies should have very low bun, lower the better. Your liver problem is something else and best discussed with your GI dr. ...Read more

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What specific nutrients are beneficial to liver diseases patients and why? Should they consume low/high protein diets?

What specific nutrients are beneficial to liver diseases patients and why? Should they consume low/high protein diets?

Low protein because.: Prtein breakdown products include urea, which a sick or cirrhotic liver cannot reove. High levels of urea affect brain function adversely. As far as supplements for the liver, milk thistle may be of value, but I do not beleive any are of great value! ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for patients with decompensated liver disease?

What is the life expectancy for patients with decompensated liver disease?

Not very good: Without knowing more details it is hard to say but the life expectancy without treatment is likely 6 months to a year. ...Read more

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Is cranberry juice safe for patients with liver disease?

Is cranberry juice safe for patients with liver disease?

Maybe: The juice in itself is not a problem, but it may interfere with some of your medications. Additionally, if you are diabetic, then it may have detrimental effects with your blood sugar control. ...Read more

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Why do patients with liver disease commonly develop blood clotting disorders?

Function: One of the livers primary functions is to produce factors in the blood that promote blood clotting. When the liver starts to fail it can't make these factors which leads to people developing problems with clotting appropriately. ...Read more

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Why do patients that ahve liver diseases commonly develop blood clotting disorders?

Why do patients that ahve liver diseases commonly develop blood clotting disorders?

Clotting factors: Most of the clotting factors are made or processed in the liver, and work together with proteins in the blood and with platelets. Therefore, if you have liver disease, these factors are not produced in sufficient quantity or quality to work correctly. Vitamin k is metabolized in the liver and is used in clotting. ...Read more

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How chronic liver disease delevop ? And how long of using antivirus in patient with chronic liver disease? Thanks you very much doctor!

Viral: Viral street drugs infections parasites etc alcohol trauma heart failure and back pressure and some rare items starts acute and leaves ongoing issues- thus called chronic! prevention is the best strategy! ...Read more

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Advice for patients with end stage liver disease?

Need a doc: If you have end stage liver disease you need to be under the care of ideally a gastroenterologist with an interest in liver disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Anne Larson
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Liver Diseases (Definition)

Liver diseases include genetic problems such as Wilson's disease, infection, inflammation, and cancer. The liver carries out many functions in our body including metabolizing drugs and ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Lactulose (Definition)

Lactulose is a laxative which is a ...Read more