What treatments are for liver failure?

Mucomyst (acetylcysteine) Mucomyst (acetylcysteine) is an available treatment option for acute liver failure. But if not successful then liver transplant is necessary which most times will be an orthotopic.
Transplant. The only real treatment for liver failure is liver transplant. There are some things that can be done short term when the liver is not working well over the short term to help the body clear the toxins that are normally cleared by the liver. But in the end, only a new liver will get the job done. Fortunaly, a partial transplant of part of a donor liver is possible.

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If some1 is dieing from liver failure & is taken to a hospital, but refuse treatment can they still receive something to lessen the pain?

Careful. Delicate situation. Treating pain is essential but some pain meds can cause side effects au has low blood pressure and sleepiness. Patients with liver failure are more susceptible. It all depends on the goals of care of the patient. Good luck. Read more...

Are there any other treatments for alcoholic liver failure other than a transplant?

Yes. In severe alcoholic hepatitis, steroids (usually methyprednisolone or medrol) may help reverse some of the inflammation and allow the liver to heal. First and foremost, there must be absolutely no alcohol ever! other treatments, like beta blockers to prevent bleeding, vitamins (esp. Thiamine, Folic Acid and other b vitamins), good nutrition is essential. Other symptoms can be treated as well. Read more...

I have hep c and would like in laymans terms signs and symptoms of liver failure I was told that I have hep c about a year or so ago and I would like to know signs physically when things are getting bad. I have not had any treatments at this time. My medi

There . There are many signs of liver disease. Probably the most familiar of these is jaundice, or a yellow discoloration if the skin. Jaundice is caused by an increase in the level of bilirubin, a chemical normally removed from the blood by the liver. Yellow discoloration in the white part of the eye (called icterus) is another sign of elevated bilirubin. So is itchiness all over the body, a symptom called pruritis. Because bilirubin stays in the blood, it does not wind up in the stools, which become pale instead of brown. As the liver becomes scarred by hepatitis c, the flow of blood through it becomes restricted. This increases the pressure in veins that normally flow from the intestine to the liver. As this pressure rises, varicose veins form in the stomach and esophagus, and these can cause bleeding. Vomiting of blood is often seen. Blood in the stomach can also cause the stools to become black. Another side effect of this increased pressure is fluid collecting in the abdomen (called ascites). The belly can become markedly distended, and can be covered with large varicose veins. Liver disease also causes abnormalities in the blood's ability to clot, so easy bruising or prolonged bleeding after minor injuries can often be seen. Of course, this compounds the problem of bleeding from varicose veins in the stomach and esophagus. Another risk with hepatitis c, but which is not externally visible, is the development of liver cancer. The risk of liver cancer, especially in hepatitis c patients who are still drinking, is increased more than 10 times over that of the normal population. You say that you are not being treated for your condition. That is probably a big mistake. While they don't always work, there are medical therapies that can reduce your viral load and with it your risk of all of the above. You should be seen and evaluated by a hepatologist to find out what options are available to you. You should also have ultrasound or ct imaging on a periodic basis to keep an eye out for liver tumors: if they occur, they need to be treated early, because they can be very difficult to treat once they get large. Also: if you are drinking, stop now. That's probably the most important thing you can do to prolong your life. And finally: hepatitis c can be spread through body fluids. You should not donate blood, get tattoos, share intravenous needles, or participate in any similar activities. If you are sexually active, you should use a condom. Read more...
There are several. Most patients with hep c (hcv) don't develop liver failure. Liver failure develops only after patients have developed cirrhosis. Signs of liver failure are often first seen in the blood (low albumin, elevated inr). Fluid in the abdomen (ascites), confusion (encephalopathy) are also signs of a failing liver. Jaundice (yellow) is not necessarily a sign of failure. Read more...