Patient discussion about cirrhosis
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Q. What is Liver Cirrhosis?
I read that alcohol can lead to liver cirrhosis. What does cirrhosis mean?
|A1||The word "cirrhosis" is a neologism that derives from Greek kirrhos, meaning "orange-yellow". In this condition, the liver appears yellow in pathology from all the tissue changes and damage caused to it. Cirrhosis has many possible causes. Sometimes more than one cause is present in the same patient. In the Western World, chronic alcoholism and hepatitis C are the most common causes. The sick liver gradually loses its function, therefore leading to end stage liver disease that ultimately requires liver transplant.|
|A2||Cirrhosis is a consequence of chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrous scar tissue as well as regenerative nodules (lumps that occur as a result of a process in which damaged tissue is regenerated), leading to progressive loss of liver function. Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by alcoholism and hepatitis C, but has many other possible causes.|
Q. What are the risks of cirrhosis of liver?
My dad has cirrhosis and I would like to know what are the risks and how does it get treated.
|A2||The risks? Death. I was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease October 2007, I'm getting on the transplant list. If I have "one" more alcoholic drink, I will die. Now, that's a risk!|
|A3||my mother died from cirrhosis of the liver,all caused from drinking.my sister was born mental retarded.it can do real damage if you let it.hope this helps|
Q. Is alcoholism very much related to cirrhosis?
I have heard that people who drink a lot get cirrhosis….is alcoholism very much related to cirrhosis?
|A1||HELLO ROHAN,YES alcoholism is related to CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER.liver cancer developes in about one in five sufferers of cirrhosis.HIGH alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancers of the mouth,tongue,pharynx(back of the throat),larynx(voice box),and esophagus,---liver disease caused by a high alcohol consumption include (fatty liver)-(alcoholic hepatitis)(cirrhosis)and liver cancer.ALCOHOLISM causes nervous system disorders,(confusion)(disturbance of speech)(weakness in the legs)(psychosis).the heart is affected by reducing pumping efficiency,usually combined with edema(fluid collection in the tissues.---mrfoot56|
|A2||Yes Rohan, they are on the risk. As anything that damages the liver can cause cirrhosis and alcohol is the one that does damage the liver.|
|A3||Alcohol interrupts the proper functioning of the liver.|
If you keep on drinking excessively, eventually your liver will likely fail from cirrhosis and you may die. Liver transplants are denied to alcoholics. Best to stop drinking before its too late.
Alcoholism and hepatitis are the most common causes of cirrhosis.
In the US, alcoholism is the most common cause of cirrhosis. About 40 percent of the 26,000 people who die in the U.S. from cirrhosis each year have a history of alcohol abuse. (source: American Liver Foundation)
Alcoholic cirrhosis usually develops after more than a decade of heavy drinking.
What is heavy drinking?
For men: three to four drinks per day
For women: two to three drinks per day
Q. What is cirrhosis of liver and why is it linked with alcoholism?
|A1||Drink too much every might for 10 or 15 years and that is what may very well happen. Start getting totally wasted everyday and that time goes down. There is a scripture saying that goes "You reap what you sow." Its more obvious in this case. Its not just the hangovers. Excessive drinking causes real damage to your body, such as killing brain cells, inhibited liver functioning, build up of fat and body weight. The psychological damage is very bad also in what it does to relationships, affect on family, spouse, kids, community. Then there is the immoral side from drinking heavily which are the consequences of damaging yourself and hurting others.|
|A2||Liver is the most important organ. In Cirrhosis normal liver tissue develops to scar tissue and hinders the normal liver functioning. Scar tissue blocks the blood flow and slows the processing of nutrients, hormones, drugs, and naturally produced toxins. As alcohol is one of the causes for the development of scar tissue so it is related to cirrhosis.|
Q. My dad is recovering from cirrhosis of the liver. What kind of nutrition is good for him at this stage?
My dad is recovering from cirrhosis of the liver. The doctor has told me that my dad has cirrhosis due to his obesity due to his large intake of alcohol. My dad has been working on a vegetable farm most of his life and he is now going through a very tough phase. He becomes tired very easily and he has gained more weight. His skin looks rough also. What kind of nutrition is good for him at this stage of his disease…has doctor advised to cut out fatty food?
|A||Intake of chemicals in the form of preservatives, food colorings and flavoring as well as toxins such as pesticides and insecticides as it affects the liver. Multi-vitamins that have iron in it should not be taken as the iron toxicity might occur as iron is already present in the liver. Alcohol should not be consumed as it harms the liver. The diet should be balanced one with little or no fat and foods that enrich the blood.|
Q. I would like to know what it takes to get on a liver transplant list..
I have been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. I have been clean and sober now over 2 years... I have also been hospitalized more times than i don't like talking about but I have been admitted for high amounts of ammonia levels, low blood pressure, and dehydration
|A1||Thank you for your answer. At my next GI appointment, the doctors told me that to have someone else that i'd like to be there at which time he will explain it all to me and either my brother or sister because i've have been admitted so many times because of ammonia levels, my brain has hardly no memory left. Let's all with this disease stick together.|
|A2||In my case, after 3 esophageal bleeds and several preventative variceal band ligations (6 in 15 months), I was "varices-free" as of Nov 2008. The GI guys want to have me evaluated for liver transplant at Baylor, TX. The evaluation looks at the physiological and psychological elements of liver transplant, including a candidate's "support network" pre and post surgery (i.e. non-qualified relatives, spouse, sig other, etc). |
The tests carried out during evaluation are to determine a candidate's suitability for receiving a transplant, and MELD score (Model for End-stage Liver Disease). The tests are extensive and too numerous to list, but the evaluation will take a full week in-house at Baylor Regional Transplant Institute. I would think your doctor would be the one to talk to about the mechanism of referral to an Institute near you. I received a Liver Transplantation Patient Manual after referral and found it answered a lot of my questions (though, Baylor...if you r
|A3||My brother has liver cancer, and my question is can a family member give part of their liver to him? And what is the process|
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