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Liver Cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis is late-stage fibrosis of the liver that occurs when scar tissue gradually replaces healthy liver tissue due to long-term alcohol abuse or infection. A variety of conditions or illnesses can lead to liver cirrhosis, such as alcohol abuse, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, viral hepatitis, cystic fibrosis, Wilson's disease, and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. People with liver cirrhosis may have appetite loss, weakness, nausea and vomiting, weight loss, itching, swelling in the legs, feet, and ankles, low sex drive, easy bleeding and bruising, and ascites. Treatment involves avoiding alcohol, medications to control hepatitis, and other symptoms of liver cirrhosis.

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Does alcoholic cirrhosis with black stool indicate liver failure?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 59 years old. I was diagnosed with hepatitis C alcoholic cirrhosis, acute pancreatitis and that was almost two years. I am currently taking Levothyroxine 50 mg once daily, Labetalol Hydrochloride 100 mg once daily, Lisinopril 20 mg once daily. I was in the hospital at first to sta...  Read Full »

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Black stools are indicative of acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Melena or black stools can also turn into a medical emergency if a lot of blood is lost and hence my sincere advice to you would be to go see a doctor as soon as possible. This does not signify liver f...  Read Full »

My friend is diagnosed with liver cirrhosis. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, A family member was recently diagnosed with cirrhosis, and I am concerned about their health and well-being. Can you explain the causes and stages of cirrhosis, as well as the available treatments and lifestyle changes that can help manage the condition in detail? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. 1) Cirrhosis (end-stage fibrosis of the liver) occurs due to multiple causes, commonly due to alcohol-induced liver disease, hepatitis C, and hepatitis B, and prolonged fatty liver. 2) When we see cirrhosis for the first time, we order ce...  Read Full »

Please assess my mother's liver function tests and advise.

Query: Hello doctor, My 57-year-old mother was diagnosed with a hepatitis B infection two years, and she is under regular medications. We performed a liver function test last year, which revealed that her liver was in good shape. However, she was recently diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, caused by the vir...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome you to Unfortunately, the report is not satisfactory. The CT (computed tomography) scan and the raised alpha protein suggest that she has a tumor in the liver (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Although the abdominal MRI (magnetic resonance imag...  Read Full »

My AST is 13, and my ALT is 6. Do I need further testing?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had a blood draw at home by a visiting nurse for a life insurance application. AST (aspartate aminotransferase)/ALT (alanine aminotransferase) ratio came back high at 2.2. However, all other levels of my blood report are normal. AST is 13 U/L, and ALT is 6 U/L, so neither le...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and will help you regarding it. ALT/AST ratio can provide information about cirrhosis/liver damage but in proper context. These results are often interpreted in association with ultrasonography and other liver function tests. In your case, b...  Read Full »

Are alcohol and tablet Tylenol the reason for my elevated liver enzymes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old female. I had a VSG surgery with gall bladder removal six months ago. My ALT, AST, and ALP were fine and within the normal range during the time of surgery. But my recent blood reports show abnormal values of AST, ALT, and ALP. I have been drinking alcohol every w...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through all your investigation reports (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Elevated SGOT (serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase) and SGPT (serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase) is not a criteria for liver cirrhosis. Chances...  Read Full »

My ALT and AST are elevated. Does the high ALT indicate liver cirrhosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I just had a blood work done. I have been engaging in some excessive drinking bouts, including the night before the test. My liver panel numbers are ALT 179, AST 112, ALP 78, total bilirubin 78, albumin 45, and total protein 77. My understanding is that ALT and AST are elevated, and the r...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The high ALT (alanine transaminase) and AST (aspartate transaminase) do not indicate that you do have cirrhosis, but yes, it cannot be ruled out based on these tests. The rise in ALT and AST just indicates hepatitis, that could have several reasons. To help you...  Read Full »

The sonography of a patient with liver cirrhosis revealed an enlarged liver. Please suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, A recent sonography of a liver cirrhosis patient revealed that his liver is enlarged to 7.1 inches and has signs of liver parenchyma. His platelets depleted to 75000, has abdominal pain, and cannot sit. He is sleeping often and has a high blood pressure of 150/120 these days. He also h...  Read Full »

Dr. Patel Hirenkumar Prakashbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. I suggest you take the following- Give tablet Dulcolax (Magnesium stearate and Lactose)10 mg- two tablets at a time for motion with syrup Cremaffin plus (Sodium Pico-sulfate and Liquid Paraffin) two tablespoons. You c...  Read Full »

Why do I have grade 1 fatty liver and raised AST even after medication and diet control?

Query: Hello doctor, Last year my ultrasound showed grade 1 fatty liver with AST 90 and ALT 143. After one month of diet control, AST and ALT came back to normal and was normal until the next six months. I again got it tested one week back and my ultrasound showing grade 1 fatty liver with 15.7 cm size. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from Grade 1 fatty liver with raised AST (aspartate aminotransferase) level. According to your investigations result (attachment removed to protect patient identity), your triglyceri...  Read Full »

Does yellow vomit after drinking alcohol a sign of liver damage?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 44 years old. I consumed alcohol (whiskey) last Friday, about 20 ounces over 5 hours. I do not drink often. I had my dinner after taking alcohol. The next day morning I vomited, it was yellow and no food. An hour later, I vomited again, it was green and no food. I have no diarrh...  Read Full »

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You consumed a lot of alcohol, very close to the toxic level, and hence you have developed alcohol-induced gastritis. You cannot permanently damage your liver by binge drinking once. However, if you keep drinking frequently, you will develop fatty liver which later on ...  Read Full »

Can liver failure cause blood in urine and weakness?

Query: Hi doctor, My 73 years old dad is becoming weak day by day, and he is 152 lbs by weight and 5 foot 2 inches by height. We consulted the doctor, who told us the urine contains blood, although it is not visible looking at urine. His leg was also swelling, and on medication, it became fine. He also add...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand you must be very upset about your father. The history you provided provides a little clue of what exactly he is suffering with. Non-visible blood in urine is called microscopic hematuria. Some liver conditions can cause this problem, such as hepatiti...  Read Full »

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