How is liver cirrhosis treated ?

default
Posted on Wed, 2 May 2012 in Liver and Gall Bladder
Question: Hi

I am 57 years old and consumed 1-2 bottles of wine a day for the last 8 years.

3 months ago my wife and I were traveling out of the country and both got food poisoning. We have had all kinds of tests, she ended up with an ulcerated colon, and is receiving treatment, but the digestion problems still linger as do mine.

We have both had numerous tests including MRI and CAT scans.

My symptoms are high liver BR levels and jaundice (6.5 BR)

My MRI came back with enlarged spleen, normal gallbladder etc. (no mass detected in any organs, no enlarged liver)

We still both suffer from basically the same digestion discomfort after being home for 2 months. My doc thinks my problem is strictly alcohol (I Quite drinking completely as soon as we got sick in April), but my BR is still high, and we both have very low energy levels. We have started a major vitamin and diet regime, but the Dr seems to want to completely separate our illness even though we got sick the same day and haven’t yet recovered.

He (the specialist) says I may need a liver transplant because of my previous drinking problems…….something seems amiss with the diagnosis, as we still both go through periods of diarrhea and fever (about once every three or 4 weeks I get the shakes with fever) then it goes away. We were both on an 11 day cipro regime when we first got back from travel in May.

Would my previous level of drinking cause cirrhosis….did very little hard drinks.

Thanks for any opinion
doctor
Answered by Dr. Poorna Chandra K.S 21 hours later
Hi,
Thanks for the query.

Any alcohol intake of more than 20mg/day can cause liver disease.

As both of you developed similar symptoms while on a trip could indicate a common illness but your backgrounds are different.

Food poisoning symptoms do not last for more than a week and does not explain your elevated bilirubin or splenomegaly.

Recurrent fever and diarrhoea are also not the common manifectations of cirrhosis.

Chronic infective illnesses and any immune suppression have to be ruled out.

It is good that you have quit alcohol as it helps at any stage of alcohol induced liver injury.

In the absence of further investigatory reports (LFT, hemogram, stool examinations, HIV, HBSAg, anti HCV, CT report) and a good physical examination it is difficult to comment any further.

If you have done all these tests you can send it to WWW.WWWW.WW to Sub:ATTN Dr XXXXXXX k.s.

Hope i answered your query.I will be available for follow up.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Radhika
doctor
Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Poorna Chandra K.S

Gastroenterologist

Practicing since :2000

Answered : 339 Questions

premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,   ,   ,   ,   ,   ,   ,  
Medical Procedures
Lab Tests ,  
Medical Topics

Recent questions on  HIV

doctor1 MD

I recently lost my virginity, so I expected bleeding, however the condom split which meant I had to take the emergency contraception pill, I had...

doctor1 MD

hi, im taking ginet 84 pill, one tablet everyday. am i supposed to finish one packet and then wait a week before starting the second packet? or can...

doctor1 MD

hi..i had protected sex wit my boyfriend for the first time today..he had pre ejaculation within the condom for the first time..latr he did...

doctor1 MD

i am 30 yr old married and have a 3yr old son. i am having small dotted erruption on glans penis for last 8 months. tested negative for HIV and...

doctor1 MD

I just had a mutual masturbation session with a sex worker However she removed her hand from inside her vagina and used it roughly on my penis in a...

doctor1 MD

i bought food the food was in a container with a plastic at the top covering the container how ever i notice the plastic on 1 container was...

doctor1 MD

Dear doctor thanks for your valuable reply however my further query is for last two weeks I have a mild rash under my eye which is persistent and...

Get personalised answers from verified doctor in minutes across 80+ specialties

191 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM Blog Questions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction
backtotop2