Liver Damage

The liver helps in digestion, rids the body of toxins, and produces cholesterol. Sometimes, liver diseases can be congenital (from birth) or get damaged due to infections, obesity, and excessive alcohol consumption. Damage to the liver can lead to scarring or liver cirrhosis and liver failure, a potentially fatal condition.

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My father is talking irrelevantly after being admitted to the ICU. What can be done?

Query: Hello doctor, My father had a chronic liver problem. Last week, he began to puke blood. At once, he was admitted to an ICU of a private hospital. The endoscopy was done, and the doctor prescribed him medicines for binding the areas in the food pipe where the bleeding occurred. That was done. The blo...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to is decompensated liver disease. This condition has a very bad prognosis if it is not treated well. He needs liver transplantation. But, things should be stabilized with an adequate dose of antibiotics and diuretics. He is talking incoherently because toxins have accu...  Read Full »

ALT and AST are out of range. What does it mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a blood work on my liver. The results came back saying that my ALT and AST are very high and out of range. So, I would like to know what that exactly means. When I received my laboratory test report they said that I should seek medical advice. My AST is 75 and ALT is 35. My MCV 116 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: Alcohol induced liver damage has caused increased enzyme levels. Possibly early stages, as no jaundice is seen. MCV high (mean corpuscular volume) is due to associated vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency. Malnutrition du...  Read Full »

Kindly guide us with the treatment for my mom's liver disease.

Query: Hi doctor, My mom is 70 years old. She has chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, portal hypertension and ascites. Her creatinine is 3. She also has type 2 diabetes. We were informed by her doctor that her liver is not producing albumin and her bilirubin level is very high. Please guide us.  Read Full »

Dr. Ankur Jindal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your mom's profile suggests very advanced stage of liver disease (attachment removed to protect patient identity). She has advanced cirrhosis of liver, which is complicated by the formation of portal hypertension and fluid abdomen. The presence of kidney injury add...  Read Full »

I developed a few symptoms after my recently diagnosed early stage liver disease. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I developed a liver disease due to alcohol consumption. However, it is in the early stage and my face has also turned black. I have a burning sensation in my stomach and I do not feel hungry. Also, I feel my stomach is not clear and I have had these symptoms for the past three months. I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Well, your liver function tests suggest that you might still be drinking alcohol, or have recently consumed alcohol (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The best treatment for alcohol-related liver disease is prevention, which means you have to stop ...  Read Full »

Are CAT scans with contrast more reliable than without contrast?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a CAT scan done two weeks ago with dye. It showed that my liver was normal. I had another one done yesterday as I am having problems with diverticulitis with dye and oral white drink. This one showed subtle roughness of liver, suggesting cirrhosis. I have had elevated liver enzym...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your question is really genuine. Cirrhosis is a slowly evolving disease and it cannot occur in a matter of weeks. Hence, it is extremely unlikely that cirrhosis has happened in two weeks. In my opinion, either one of the scan report is interpreted wrongly. In my o...  Read Full »

My GGT levels are high. What should I do? Should I take any tests?

Query: Hi doctor, I received my blood reports today, and the GGT levels were elevated. My liver enzymes were constantly high, as I had previously been informed. I do not consume alcohol. I take tablet Carbamazepine 500 mg daily for epilepsy and tablet Salpraz for dyspepsia, which I understand may both aggr...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Have you taken any abdominal ultrasounds? Do you suffer from fatty liver? Please respond to all these questions for better evaluation and assessment. There is no need to be anxious about such a value.  Read Full »

Are my symptoms and elevated liver enzymes due to liver cirrhosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26-year-old male with a weight of 184 kilograms and a height of five feet seven inches. I am experiencing some weird symptoms for the past three months. I am a recovering binge eating addict. I use to eat fast food two to three times a day usually with meal size after work. Late...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your weight is slightly higher. Your body mass index is 27.2. Ideally, it should be less than 25. BMI is proportionate of your weight according to your height. So, you have a possibility of having fatty liver disease due to deranged liver function tests. Your FIB-4 (fib...  Read Full »

Can I take Liv 52 if there is mild liver cell injury?

Query: Hello doctor,My ALT107.8, AST 72.5, and GGT 103 are high in my LFT test. Please advice a medication or shall I have Liv 52. I do not have any other complaints.  Read Full »

Dr. J N Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please understand that biochemical tests are interpreted with clinical symptoms. Liver function tests (LFT) indicate mild liver cell injury. I would suggest you stop smoking and drinking alcohol. I want to emphasize that there is no medication to treat once the liver i...  Read Full »

Does my 55-year-old father's abnormal liver values in blood test suggest liver damage?

Query: Hello doctor, I am asking on behalf of my 55-year-old dad who is a heavy drinker. He is diabetic but his sugar level is in control now. He has been drinking 750 mL whiskey daily for the past 1 year and 300 mL daily for the past 10 years. His current medication includes one Pan-D capsule, one Cobadex...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I saw laboratory values for the Liver Function Test (LFT), and I suggest that the values are deranged, high, and need medical evaluation. From the reports, I can conclude the following points- 1. His total bilirubin is h...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with latent TB without any symptoms. Are the prescribed TB medications safe?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with latent TB and was prescribed medications for it. I have attached a copy of the reports below. I want to consult a specialist before I start my prophylactic course.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. I have gone through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is suggestive of TB (tuberculosis), but before starting the treatment, you should get a chest x-ray, LFT (liver fun...  Read Full »

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