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Can Ayurvedic medicine for liver cirrhosis increase life expectancy?

Hi, My grandmother (80) has been diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the liver. At times, she also forgets things (doctor says mild hepatic encephalotpathy). What is the life expectancy of such a patient if her liver function tests show retrn to normalcy through some ayurvedic medicines?
Asked On : Thu, 5 Apr 2012
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Often the complication of liver cirrhosis is hepatic encephalopathy. It is due to biochemical abnormalities associated with liver failure.
Hepatic encephalopathy [HE]is marked by an intractable cycle of relapse and remission, followed almost inevitably by relapse. Episodes of acute encephalopathy can be reversed; however, people with chronic liver disease are consistently susceptible to future relapse.
If your grandmother is taking some ayurvedic medicine [I can not comment much as I am allopathic doctor], and if liver functions are returning to normal; may be it is a relapse.
Approximately 80% (8 out of 10 patients) die if they go into a coma. Recovery and the risk of the condition returning vary from patient to patient.
If you are able to control underlying liver disease, then prognosis is good; in terms HE will not return/progress.
Take care.

Best regards,
Dr. Neelam.
Answered: Thu, 5 Apr 2012
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