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Smoking effects on liver resection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I had a jaundice during August and September. Wasn't going away so I went to the hospital and they found a big cyste IN my liver. So I had a liver resection 6 weeks ago. Turned out the cyste was caused by the parasite "echinoccocosis multilocularis". I'm under albendazole 400 mg. Currently on a 2 weeks break until the next round. I would like to know if smoking weed would hurt our slow down the healing process of the resection or even boost the parasite in anyway...
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   DR AAAAAAA here
User :   hi
Doctor :   please give me sometime to read what you have typed
User :   sure
Doctor :   smoking weed can cause further damage to liver
Doctor :   have they done liver function test after the resection?
User :   not sure, how do they do that?
User :   I just had CT scans and ERCP
Doctor :   it is a blood test that is done
Doctor :   request for getting one done
User :   they must have done it then
Doctor :   if it shows completely normal, you can go ahead
Doctor :   but restrict to once a month
User :   they were saying the liver was starting to function normally again after the surgery
User :   once a month for how long exactly?
User :   to be honest I used to smoke once a day before I was admitted at the hospital, would that be possible again some day?
Doctor :   you need to first make sure that you liver is completely healed
User :   ok thats very good to know
User :   also, I'm planning to go home on vacation (europe), is it ok to take the plane?
User :   end of next week?
Doctor :   yes, it should be fine
User :   ok
Doctor :   smoking weed back to your normal frequency will not be possible until after 6 months to 1 year's time
User :   ok I'm glad I asked before going ahead
User :   what about snowboarding this winter? would that be possible or not at all..?
Doctor :   it could be possible, but you will need supervision and be careful not to have fall
Doctor :   \it might disrupt the sutures insides
User :   ok so maybe a little risky still
User :   any restrictions for cigs?
Doctor :   restrict them to about 3 per day
User :   I'm on the right amount then
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me?
User :   yes, when would it be ok to have a beer ?
User :   and also start to work out, running etc...
Doctor :   no, not right now. you need to wait atleast 3 months to allow for liver functions to be back to normal
Doctor :   mild exercises are fine, carry on with them
User :   ok
User :   ok good advices
User :   thanks a lot doc
Doctor :   is there anything else that i can help you with?
User :   I think that covers pretty much it
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. bye for now.
User :   thanks for the help, bye
Doctor :   do get back to me if you have further queries
User :   will do, thks
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