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Has cirrhosis, alcoholic. What next?

hi my brother is an alcoholic he is in a rehab centre he has cirrohiss he has had it for many years but he has just found out that his liver is rock hard and drs have told him his liver test shudve been 50 but it is 1936 can you explain what this means please as my brother didnt understand the dr proper and the dr wont give me any information even though im his next of kin i am very worried about him as he is in a rehab which is in barnsley and we live in manchester and i dont drive and work full time im so confused as to what he means
Asked On : Fri, 15 Mar 2013
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Apr 2013
Hi Tricia.As you kow liver cirrhosis is very serious disease, and lethal when progress.Liver is vital organ and its function cannot be replaced expect of transplantation.
Long and intensive alcohol abuse leads to it and these tests you ve mentioned confirmed it.
Good thing is that liver has a certain potential of regeneration and even small size of healthy liver can have adequate functionality for organism. BUT it can be helpful oly if he never drinks again. If he does then the worst scebario is inevitable. SO now he must follow hepatic diet, stop drinking, and do often complete workups including ultrasound, liver tests and gastroscopy. Wish you good health.
Answered: Wed, 20 Mar 2013
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