2 doctors weighed in:

What choices do I have for treating chronic liver disease?

2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Depends on cause

Depending on the cause, chances can be very good.
If due to alcohol, must stop drinking; if hepatitis viruses, there is rx, and must stop drinking; if iron overload- get bled; if autoimmune- get rx; if fatty liver-lose weight, rx diabetes. Chronic liver disease can be just that-chronic; with long term good quality of life. Lots of meds available to improve, or at least prevent progression.

In brief: Depends on cause

Depending on the cause, chances can be very good.
If due to alcohol, must stop drinking; if hepatitis viruses, there is rx, and must stop drinking; if iron overload- get bled; if autoimmune- get rx; if fatty liver-lose weight, rx diabetes. Chronic liver disease can be just that-chronic; with long term good quality of life. Lots of meds available to improve, or at least prevent progression.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
Thank
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Depends on the cause

It depends on the etiology of the liver disease.
If it is from viral hepatitis there are antiviral meds. If it is from obesity, weight loss will help. If it is from too much iron, phlebotomy can be done.

In brief: Depends on the cause

It depends on the etiology of the liver disease.
If it is from viral hepatitis there are antiviral meds. If it is from obesity, weight loss will help. If it is from too much iron, phlebotomy can be done.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
163K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors