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Doctor insights on: Will Your Liver Heal Completely If You Quit Drinking

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Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed?also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals?biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed?also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals?biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Not likely : Fibrosis of the liver is staged as 1-4. Stage 4 is cirrhosis. The problem with fibrosis is that it represents scar tissue formed within your liver due to repetitive damage to the hepatocytes (liver cells). Fibrosis may not be diagnosed after several years of repetitive acute damage. Review your pathology report and see what stage of fibrosis you are: early (1-2) or late (3-4). ...Read more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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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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Should i be worried if only one of my liver enzyme tests came back elevated? They never told me which one just to quit drinking and retest in a month?

Should i be worried if only one of my liver enzyme tests came back elevated? They never told me which one just to quit drinking and retest in a month?

Liver: Yes. All elevated liver enzymes can mean danger. There is no medication to improve the liver. It has to heal on it's own. Thus when there is liver inflammation one must cut out the toxic things that are possible reasons for the liver trouble. It is not to be ignored. ...Read more

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Liver enzymes went down after quit drinking. If I have a few drinks on my vacation are there signs I should look for to let me know it's not processing?

Liver enzymes went down after quit drinking. If I have a few drinks on my vacation are there signs I should look for to let me know it's not processing?

Not really: Generally speaking there are no signs of elevated liver enzymes until you reach a state of severe disease. At this time you may experience some abdominal discomfort and yellowing of the skin. However, if you have had elevated liver enzymes from drinking alcohol, you should avoid further consumption. ...Read more

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Is there a general number to have a liver biopsy? I had elevated enzymes, quit drinking, they went down. My dr never mentioned a biopsy but I read about them doing them.

Is there a general number to have a liver biopsy? I had elevated enzymes, quit drinking, they went down. My dr never mentioned a biopsy but I read about them doing them.

Not always necessary: If you are asian and born outside the usa, use IV drug or multiple sex partner you possible need a hepatitis screen. Alcohol is another reason cause elevate liver enzymes. Bottom line, you need to see the doctor to recheck. If biopsy indicate your doctor would tell you. ...Read more

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Elevated liver enzymes. Quit drinking they went down. How many beers is it safe to drink per day on my vacation?

Elevated liver enzymes. Quit drinking they went down. How many beers is it safe to drink per day on my vacation?

Minimal: You should consider an alternate or non-alcoholic beverage. There is no hard-fast number as every persons metabolism is different and there are other factors to consider such as weight and medications and what period of time. Alcohol is a toxin the liver must process to rid your body of it. ...Read more

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Will an alcoholic who has been through rehab and quit drinking still be eligible for a liver transplant?

Will an alcoholic who has been through rehab and quit drinking still be eligible for a liver transplant?

Yes: Most transplant programs require 6 months of abstinance from alcohol before placing a patient on the waiting list. Successful completion of a rehab program also puts the patient in a stronger position. ...Read more

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Hi I have quit drinking alcohol use to drink up to 60 units weekly. Taken up coffee two cups daily. Will this have a good affect on my liver ?

Hi I have quit drinking alcohol use to drink up to 60 units weekly. Taken up coffee two cups daily. Will this have a good affect on my liver ?

Probably.: Research has shown that 1-2 cups of coffee per day can be useful in various types of liver inflammation. I feel that you are doing your liver more of a service by having stopped abusing alcohol, however. If you have continued concerns for your liver, your primary care doctor can do blood tests that will give a good idea whether you are having any liver problems at this time. Good luck. ...Read more

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How accurate are liver function tests? I have quit drinking alcohol all tests are normal but I have liver pain. Ultrasound clear too. Thanks

How accurate are liver function tests? I have quit drinking alcohol all tests are normal but I have liver pain. Ultrasound clear too. Thanks

Liver Pain?: Did someone tell you your pain is due to the liver? Did you have a CT scan? Is the gallbladder normal on ultrasound? It could be a couple other things such as stomach ulcer which sometimes feels like right upper abdominal pain, or gas pain from the colon in that region. You can message me directly if you would like to get a better answer. ...Read more