Patient Comments: Cirrhosis of The Liver - Causes

What was the cause of your case of cirrhosis of the liver?

Comment from: Brian, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 07

I was diagnosed at age 40. I was a heavy drinker. I have hemochromatosis and had hepatitis C, which was cured thanks to interferon. I am now 53 don't drink anymore. I do the blood-letting for hemochromatosis and get ultrasounds every six months. Everything right now is good.

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Comment from: drjudy, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 01

This is probably the most unusual case you ever read. I had Steven's Johnson syndrome as a result of the antibiotic Ceftin. All my hair fell out and my scalp became colonized with impetigo (Staph). I am a physician and was a hospital pathologist at that time. I used a strong solution of Minoxodil and Retin-A (Tretinoin) to regrow my hair. Big mistake, the Tretinoin got systemically absorbed and caused a type of liver cirrhosis that looks like vitamin a induced cirrhosis on the labs and under the microscope.

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Comment from: VSelo, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 26

My mother had about 6-8 drinks daily (at least). She started by having frequent falls, fatty liver and then within days she was dead of liver failure. It's no laughing matter, but to get an alcoholic to stop drinking is hard. Take this very seriously folks.

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Comment from: Amy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I was recently diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. I have never been a drinker. I am suffering with abdominal pain and swelling, problems sleeping, and I am starting to get dizziness and confusion. I do not have any insurance and am unable to get treatment if there is any.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 13

My dad is 54 years old and he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He found out when my mom and him where still together that was about 10 years ago. I am just now getting to know my father. He also has hepatitis C from doing drugs in the past. What is my concern is what can happen to him because he doesn't take care of himself like he's supposed to. He doesn't drink anymore, but smokes and he has emphysema and COPD and the doctors have told him to slow down on smoking but he will go through at least a few cartons a month.

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Comment from: Diana, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I was diagnosed with NASH, non-alcoholic cirrhosis 2.5 years ago when I woke up vomiting blood and not very coherent. I was rushed to the Emergency room by my husband and daughter, I had 6 Pints of blood put in me and a TIPS / stent was placed in my varices to keep me from having another episode. I go to a Liver Clinic every 6 months for MRIs and Blood work, I was sent by my Gastro for a Liver Transplant, but so far my MELD blood work is at 8, so it has remained stable and I don't need one now.

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Comment from: Ann, 55-64 Male Published: June 05

My boyfriend of ten years just found out he has cirrhosis of the liver. He fell down a flight of stairs headfirst and had to be taken to the hospital. After an MRI and a cat scan of his body, it showed the cirrhosis of the liver. He is a good eight drinks a night person. Mostly alcohol in mixed drinks than anything else. He won't admit to being an alcoholic even now, he laughs at what the doctor told him. He feels he can control the drinking and he will for a few days and then he feels he's been good and deserves a drink and then he's back to it every night.

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