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Why Lactulose Is It Given To Patient With Liver Disease
What would the consequences be if someone with alcoholic liver disease stopped taking lactulose? Can the amonia levels get so high it could be deadly
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
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
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
What specific nutrients are beneficial to liver diseases patients and why? Should they consume low/high protein diets?
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
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
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
How chronic liver disease delevop? And how long of using antivirus in patient with chronic liver disease? Thanks you very much doctor!
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
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
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
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
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
My SGPT & SGOT levels are slightly elevated at 64u/l & 42u/l. Is this indicative of liver disease or liver cancer, given that I have breast cancer?
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
What kind?: "Hepatitis" means inflammation of liver--due to viral infection (cytomegalovirus, epstein-barr virus, a, b, c, d, etc), familial diseases (hemochromatosis, wilson's, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, etc), infiltrative disease (steatohepatitis from fatty liver, granulomatous hepatitis, foreign body reaction), toxic (alcoholic, tylenol), ischemic, congestive, pregnancy-related, etc. Cause determines. ...Read more
Nothing to a lot:
Acute liver disease: no symptoms or: flu-like sx, fatigue, nausea, distaste for cigarettes and meat, dark urine, light stool, jaundice, joint aches, loss of appetite, mental change weight loss, and others.
Chronic: no symptoms, the above, also abdominal swelling, lose libido, lose pubic hair, red palms, tremor, jaundice, weight loss, blood vessel changes on skin, mental changes, men get breasts. ...Read more
Tests: Most liver disease can be suspected or diagnosed with the use of blood tests and imaging using ct scan and/or ultrasound. The exact diagnosis may require liver biopsies. In my experience liver disease is almost always diagnosed with the use of these modalities and with the skill of hepatologists. ...Read more
Liver diseases: Liver disease = hepatic disorder = condition associated with decreased liver function/ damage. ...Read more
Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis means scarring of the liver which can be caused by various causes. One of the most common is heavy alcohol drinking and hepatitis. It is a long standing problems and irreversible unfortunately. It can cause serious bleeding from esophagus caused by enlarged veins, fluid accumulation in the belly, called ascites, that may require frequent drainage, decreased platelets, confusion. ...Read more
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