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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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I want information weather damaged liver can be reversed or not?

Can liver damage as a result of drinking every night for 4 years be reversed? (A bottle of wine a night for 4 years) I ask this, not because my liver is damged but because some say that once the liver HAS been damaged, it is the only organ that cannot repair itself. True/false? information?
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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Yes, most liver damage can be reversed, especially when it is related to Tylenol over-dosage. However, Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease can create 3 different types of liver problems. Not all of them being reversible. 1. Fatty Liver- liver would improve once you stop drinking alcohol. 2. Alcoholic hepatitis- only reversible in it's early stages. 3. Alcoholic cirrhosis- this is not reversible and is deadly. Most heavy drinkers go through all of these stages. Alcoholic cirrhosis eventually requires a liver transplant. The liver is an amazing organ because it can repair itself once you stop creating damage but only with certain things. Consider getting your liver checked just to be safe! You don't always have symptoms til' end stages occur. Best of luck!
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