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Dr. Howard Schneider
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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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What is the best diet for a patient with chronic liver disease?

What is the best diet for a patient with chronic liver disease?

Avoid toxic foods: Avoid sugars, fried foods, vegatable oils like canola & soy, meats that are cured wth nitrates & nitrites, aspartame, splenda, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, maragarine, soy based products, sweetened beverages like juice & soda, microwaved foods, artificial colors & flavors. All of these products cause damage to the cells, tissues & organs in your body contributing to various diseases. ...Read more

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Is cranberry juice safe for everyone even patients with kidney and liver disease?

Kidney stones...: Cranberry juice is high in salts called oxalates. When people drink a lot of cranberry juice, these salts can crystallize into hard urinary oxalate stones, especially in people who already tend to get these types of stones. ...Read more

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Is there a birth control pill safe for liver disease patients?

Is there a birth control pill safe for liver disease patients?

Depends: It depends on the liver disease you have. A hepatic hemangioma would be one disease that you would not want to take the medication. If your liver enzymes are normal, you could try a low dose pill and see if it raises the liver enzymes. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are Newton homeopathics safe for liver disease and kidney disease patients. Is it safe to take more than one product at a time?

Are Newton homeopathics safe for liver disease and kidney disease patients. Is it safe to take more than one product at a time?

Depends: It depends upon what you are taking and why you are taking it. Please consult your physician before taking anything - especially if you have liver disease and or kidney disease. Take care. ...Read more

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What is lactulose, and why is it given to liver patients?

Non-digestible sugar: Lactulose is a non-digestible sugar. When ingested, it is metabolized by normal colon bacteria into small fatty acids, acetic acid, & lactic acid. The extra h+ attracts & binds ammonia (nh3) from the blood creating ammonium (nh4+). This is trapped in the colon & defecated out. This reduces the overall blood ammonia concentration which worsens hepatic encephalopathy. But it also causes diarrhea. ...Read more

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Is lactulose helpful in advance stage liver cancer patients for removing toxicity from blood?

Is lactulose helpful in advance stage liver cancer patients for removing toxicity from blood?

Useful in liver fail: Lactulose like you have suggested, is commonly used for the treatment of chronic liver failure due to cirrhosis. In your case, liver cancer has complicated this matter by adding another complication. So the value of Lactulose will be limited and questionable. Yet it is relatively harmless especially if you have problem with constipation. ...Read more

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What immunization should be given to hepatitis b and c negativr cld (chronic liver disease)?

What immunization should be given to hepatitis b and c negativr cld (chronic liver disease)?

Hep B vaccine: You should be vaccinated against hepatitis a & b. Unfortunately there is not yet a vaccine for c.
The more common cause of cld is non-alcoholic steatorrheic (or fatty liver), but there are several other causes for which you should be evaluated, several of them uncommon, but need exclusion. See a GI doctor with interest in liver disease. ...Read more

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What are some common liver diseases?

What are some common liver diseases?

Many: Its a long list
we can break it down into certain categories
1: toxic (alcohol)
2: infectious (hepatitis)
3: immune mediated (primary biliary cirrhosis)
4: cancers

there's many more. ...Read more

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How does liver disease affect your body?

Liver disease: The most important function of the liver is the clearing of toxins from the blood as well as produce substance that are necessary for daily living. A diseased liver can not do neither of them well. ...Read more

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Lactulose (Definition)

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