Cirrhosis of The Liver - Experience

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Cirrhosis facts

  • Cirrhosis is a complication of liver disease which involves loss of liver cells and irreversible scarring of the liver.
  • Alcohol and viral hepatitis B and C are common causes of cirrhosis, although there are many other causes.
  • Cirrhosis can cause weakness, loss of appetite, easy bruising, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), itching, and fatigue.
  • Diagnosis of cirrhosis can be suggested by history, physical examination and blood tests, and can be confirmed by liver biopsy.
  • Complications of cirrhosis include edema and ascites, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, bleeding from varices, hepatic encephalopathy, hepatorenal syndrome, hepatopulmonary syndrome, hypersplenism, and liver cancer.
  • Treatment of cirrhosis is designed to prevent further damage to the liver, treat complications of cirrhosis, and preventing or detecting liver cancer early.
  • Transplantation of the liver is becoming an important option for treating patients with advanced cirrhosis.
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Comment from: Wiscowyo, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 06

My husband has cirrhosis and has had for more than 8 years. He has not stopped drinking, he is now sleeping a lot. When he drinks he falls, and his legs don"t work at all, he doesn"t make since when he talks anymore. I'm not sure if he is drunk or if his brain is soaked with alcohol. He has been hospitalized twice now, and fluid have been taken off his stomach. This is an awful way to die, it is such a slow death, and being the caretaker, I can say it is killing me slowly along with it. How much longer can he keep going! Last time he was in the hospital two months ago, his liver function was at 283, should have been at 0 - 40 for normal.

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Comment from: temples, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: April 17

My grandfather will be 86 years old next month and he has been in the hospital now for 8 days. They seem to think that it"s cirrhosis of the liver. They drew 10.1 liters of fluid off his belly on Monday. He has been swelling up like a balloon since the end of January. The man never goes to the doctor and I"m terrified to find out how advanced it is. He has never taken a drink in his life so it"s not alcohol that would have caused this. He has always been a health freak by eating right and taking vitamins. They are testing him for hepatitis but if it isn"t hepatitis, what else could it be!

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