What is Cirrhosis?

A chronic liver disease of highly various etiology characterized by inflammation, degeneration, and regeneration in differing proportions; pathologic hallmark is formation of microscopic or macroscopic nodules separated by bands of fibrous tissue; impairment of hepatocellular function and obstruction to portal circulation often lead to jaundice, ascites, and hepatic failure.

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I have been diagnosed with cirrhosis and my question is regarding defecation. I go to BR times a day and usually after voiding I have brown liquid come out of my rectum in gushes. At times it will have a pasty consistency. My cirrhosis was not diagnosed until I started having breathing problems and had to have three thoracentesis and drew off 2 liters from my right lung. When I mention this to my doctor's they never seem to want to go into it and discuss my question?
When I read your question, the first thing that came to my mind was the medication Lactulose. Did your doctor put you on this medication? It is used to treat high ammonia levels in patients with cirrhosis and it often causes this type of symptom. If not, were you recently in the hospital?...
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My mother has just been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. She just had a liver biopsy and we are waiting for the results. She has ascites and had fluid drained on April 18th (3 liters) and again on April 28th (6 liters). Does the rate of fluid build-up indicate she is at the end stage of cirrhosis?
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I really appreciate your concern amount of ascites fluid is not the criteria of prognosis but clinical condition, vital organ function, biochemical tests, if these are affected then this is not good sign, hope this information helps, have a nice day.
Read Full Thread     Ask a Doctor Now » husband's creatinine is 2.7 and he also has cirrhosis of liver...he is 51 yrs.....initially his nephrologist put him on espogen 10000 once a week and has now reduced his dose to 4000 weekly....but in the guld espogen is not available...any other substitute for espogen.
you can use any erythropoietin generic compound like WEPOX OR ZYROP 4000 unit instead of can use darbopoietin alpha generic compound also in 25 mcg subcutaneous weekly dose.
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I have had hep C for 30 yrs now, I now have cirrhosis from hep C, so is this damage my liver has suffered from drinking daily for even months at a time, I have since quit drinking, I was an F2-F4, if the Dr. thinks I can wait for 6 month to get hep C treatment,
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I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you.

Yes regular drinking can cause cirrhosis.
The Hep C infection you have also causes cirrhosis.
So you have two risk factors for cirrhosis.
Drinking and alcohol is a bad combination and you need to quit drinking.
You can...
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my father is suffering from cirrhosis and after some initial treatment doctor urged him to eat fat and egg , also to drink milk and after then his condition became more worse. he is very much mentally confused nowadays and even can't talk properly. i want to ask that could fat be given to a cirrhotic patient.
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It is unfortunate that your father has landed up in cirrhosis.
Since the liver function would have been deteriorated to a large extent in people with cirrhosis of liver, it is better to avoid fats and oily foods in them.
You have to give soft, easy to digest simple...
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Ok here is my question I currently have cirrhosis of the liver and for a good part of my life have been on andro gel I have looked into andro gels website now my cirrhosis is at stage 4 level b is it possible for the gel to be the cause of my cirrhosis bear in mind I am 33 and drink once in a blue moon
Hi, dear
I have gone through your question. I can understand your concern.
Androgel generally doesn't cause liver cirrhosis. Your cirrhosis may be due to some other reason. You should go for ultrasound abdomen and liver biopsy if needed. Consult your doctor and plan accordingly.
Hope I have...
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I have a friend that has cirrhosis/ hep c/ascites/ juandice and still continues to drink he has a lot of shortness of breath and now is starting to vomit and says he feels like something is stuck in his throat but refuses medical attention what could this new symptom be
He must be having esophageal varices, he needs urgent admission to hospital for his work up.
He needs to do the following investigation.

1 liver function tests
2 ultra sound abdomen
3 full blood count
4 renal function tests
Regards: Dr yasir
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I have cirrhosis of the liver. three days ago my stool was accompanied by lots of blood which was very red and clear. Yesterday this bleeding stopped but now it has been bleeding again today. I have bowel movements at least 3 times a day sometimes more so it makes for quite a bit of blood lost. I am thinking this bleed is coming from burst hemoroids and small veins in that area but i am still concerned with the loss of blood as my cirrhosis is a level 4.
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I can understand your problem.
Blood in the stool (bleeding per rectum) occurs in patients with cirrhosis of liver due to abnormally dilated veins beneath the lining of food pipe and also in the lower part of rectum. This is due to increase pressure in the...
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Hello my name is Paul I'm 21 years old and my doctor done blood test to me and said I have alchohlic liver infflamation and if I don't stop drinking I will get cirrhosis ? But after doctor I still drinking 4 months, but now I quit drinking... Do you think I still have a chance to dodge cirrhosis ? I don't have any symtoms and I'm not yeallow just very white also my wieght is 55kg... Will my liver heal itself at least after 3 months ? Will there be positive effects and can if I don't yet have cirrhosis ? I read that coffee and black tea is good for a liver also is that true ? And what do I need to eat so that my liver will be more healthy ? Sorry for my bad English...
hello and thank you for asking HCM,

I understand your concern. Cirrhosis is a result of advanced liver disease. It is characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrosis (scar tissue) and leads to loss of liver function. Cirrhosis is a long process and if you stop drinking alcohol now very...
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Have you heard of many patients with CVID (Common Variable Immunodeficiency Disease) Hypogammaglobulinemia and cirrhosis from a medication with no history of ANY Hepatitis doing WELL after transplantation? Or CVID patient with Cirrhosis from a medication? I have Cirrhosis from an antibiotic and I have a friend who has PSC and CVID but post transplant she is not doing well.
very subjective question I guss, I did met with post op liver transplant with immunodeficiency doing well after 5-7 years, and at the same time with immediate reactions, according it's all depends on individual, regular ultrasound follow up with liver and immunology would help. hope it help, any...
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