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Liver failure?

Once the liver completely shuts down and a patient has been taken off of the donor list due to poor health, how much time can we expect the person to live. Also, patient has a DNR in place.

I ask because I just found out a really good friend of mine is being taken to hospice due to his liver failure.

Once the liver COMPLETELY shuts down, death will follow in hours.

But "liver failure" doesn't always mean total. Even a tiny amount of liver function can keep someone alive (not living well, but alive.)  (+ info)

Liver Failure...?

How many pills and/or drinks would cause liver failure? My neighbor was taken to the ER this evening and her boyfriend said her liver was gone... that she may not live... what the heck would she have taken?

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liver failure...?

i was recently told i had liver failure about a week ago. I had all these symptoms that led to liver failure and when i got to the ER, the doctors said that i got help right on time or i would have more complications later on with my liver. I'm in the hospital right now and i was wondering how long it would take to stay in the hospital after finding out i have liver failure. I did ask my doctor and they said about 3 more weeks, i want to know why that long? and i'm 13 years old so i was wondering how will i get better or will i eventually need surgery, thats the thing i don't want.
Can anyone PLEASE help me......

I would trust the Docs..............It is no fun.............Hopefully they can fix you up..........
At least you can get a new one now.........people can give you half of theirs.....It grows back..........
Maybe it will be a lot less drastic.....
Good Luck....  (+ info)

How long does a person have to live with liver failure?

My father in law has been a alcoholic his whole life. My husband, and his father are not on speaking terms. He got a phone call that his father is passing out, throwing up blood, not remembering peoples names, forgetting where he is at. I do know he is still drinking. I don't know anything about liver failure, or exactly what his doctor has said. I just don't want my husband to regret anything. Thanks!

If your father in law is throwing up blood, this is definitely an medical emergency...he could bleed out or bleed internally.

I will explain:
There are many causes of liver cell damage...one is alcohol. When the cells of the liver become damaged, the immune system of the body responds to this and causes inflammation to develop inside
the liver...this will cause the liver to enlarge
in size. If the alcohol is not stopped and the inflammation is not treated, the liver cells may die off and form scar tissue
inside the liver that will block the flow of blood through the liver on its way back to the heart and also block the flow of blood to the other liver cells and they die off also,
It is an irreversible, progressive disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

Because the blood isn't able to flow through the liver well anymore, it backs up into the vein under the liver, and that goes into the liver, known as the portal vein. This causes
what is known as Portal Hypertension. It also backs up into smaller vessels not used to handling this amount of blood
(known as varies)and pressure and they develop weak spots and can break open just like a balloon bursting. They are
usually found in the esophagus and in the rectal area. The spleen may also
enlarge in size because of this.
Any bleeding from these two places is considered an emergency. People who have cirrhosis, their livers cannot make clotting factors to help the blood to clot
and therefore they bleed and bruise very easily.
Your father in law needs attention immediately.

Now I will tell you other things that may take place.
He should have an advance directive or power of attorney form made up so that someone in the family can handle
all his medical and financial problems that come up. http://www.caringinfo.org/stateaddownload
People with Cirrhosis develop a condition known as Encephalopathy. This happens because the liver isn't able to change the ammonia, that comes from the protein
use in their bodies, to urea. It stays ammonia and can go pass the blood brain barrier, with the blood, into the brain. It causes confusion, disorientations, tremors,
sleep pattern changes and a number of other symptoms...and if not treated, can lead to a coma. The doctor usually
places the patient on medication called Lactolose; but there are other medications

He may have an alcoholic "beer belly", but this might be Ascites. The build up of fluid in the abdominal area. This is because the liver can no longer efficiently make a protein that holds fluid in our vessels. This fluid leaks out and collects here. It can become so much that the patient has trouble breathing and eatting. This fluid
can be drained by a procedure known as Paracentesis and give the patient some relief.

You father in law should be seeing either a
gastroenterologist or hepatologist now. He definitely needs any help and support he can get. Alcoholics can be combative and fight with you...it is the alcohol that is doing this, however, considering this might be the encephalopathy that is very similar to being
drunk...it may be this.

I hope your father in law gets the help he needs; that the differences can be worked out between your husband and his dad. It is good that you care...when it comes to disease, especially one that is as horrible as this one...it should draw families closer
together not apart.
The doctor may suggest a detox
program at the hospital for him and if he can stay detoxed from alcohol for a period of six months...he may be able to be placed on the transplant list.
Many recovering alcoholics are waiting
on the transplant list now.

I hope this information is of some help to you.
Here are some links you can click on to learn more about this disease:

No one but the doctors who have his
tests results and know his passed and
present medical history...can give you
an educated guess of how far advanced
he is in the disease and how long he
may have to live.
The best test done to confirm this is
a liver biopsy.

Best wishes  (+ info)

How long does it take for symptoms of liver failure to be present?

I overdosed on tylonal 3 about a month and a half ago, presently I feel great, I've changed my ways and become healthy.....am I still at risk of liver failure?

Liver failure from overdosing on tylenol happens acutely, meaning that if it has been a month ago and it did not happen, it will never happen. You are ok.  (+ info)

What about liver failure caused by paracetamol?

I recently started to take paracetamol pills 'cause I was ill, and now while I looked it up, it apparently is really dangerous, and your liver will "die" or "fail" or w/e you wanna call it if OD-ed.

Apparently as little as 10grams can be lethal, but how long does it take to actually die from "liver failure"(I guess that's what you die from) without any medical attention. And how painful is it? What would it feel like? Are the symptoms obvious?

Look at all the medication that you took while ill.
See if any of the ingredients in this medications
contained paracetamol or Tylenol. They are
the same thing. People tend to easily
overdose on a drug because more than
one drug can have "this drug" in combination
with it.

Taking this drug according to the timing and
the amount on the box is considered to be
safe. However, there is always the exception
to the rule. Some people are more sensitive
to certain drugs than others are.
If, for some reason, you have overdosed
on it...it would be best to contact the doctor's
office. They can give you other medication
to counteract the overdoses amount, if this
is done right away.
If you are truly concerned about how your
liver is doing, the doctor can take some blood
and have it tested. The test he has done
on the blood will show if it has affected the
liver cells and if the liver cells are functioning
properly. It is just a simple blood test and
worth the time to have it done just to give
someone peace of mind.

The liver is a very quiet organ about damage
being done to it. It usually will not show
anything is wrong until the liver cells start to
die off, then signs and symptoms may appear.
You are smart to want to take care of this now.

Do not take tylenol and alcohol together...
it is a lethal combination.
It is best to never take any drugs that
are not approved of or prescribed by the
doctor even if they are over the counter.
There are too many drugs that interact with
each other to take any chances.

Usually a liver problem starts out as the
cells of the liver becoming damaged. If
the cause is stopped and any inflammation
is treated that may have developed...then
the liver cells can heal. If this isn't done,
then it can lead to cirrhosis of the liver
which is a progressive disease and is

Check out the instructions on the paracetamol
bottle and see if you took more than recommended. If you did, I would make
an appointment with your doctor and
discuss this with him. If you overdosed
"alot"...call the doctor office right away so they
can tell you what to do next.

Hope this information is of some help to you.  (+ info)

What treatments are there for liver failure?

I am doing research on liver failure in people who overdose on acetaminophen. I was hoping I might find out what some of the treatments are, how long the person has to live without treatment, and what some of the signs and symptoms are.

HI Pepto

DO you mean like a disease like cirrhosis? These methods here will heal the issue and all other kinds of internal problems.

Liver function can be impaired by a toxic bowel. Most pharmaceutical drugs, if taken on a consistent basis, can also cause liver disease. If you are on such medications, be sure to have your liver function monitored regularly (every 3-6 months) by your physician, and consider other healing alternatives that might reduce or eliminate your need for medications.


Natural Cures

Aromatherapy: Juniper, rosemary, and rose essential oils can all help stimulate liver function.

Detoxification: Liver function can also be impaired by a toxic bowel. For this reason, bowel cleansing and rejuvenation techniques may be very important. In severe cases, repeat the bowel cleanse once a month, or as needed, and stay on bowel nutrients for up to one year depending on the severity of your condition and your response to treatment.

Diet: Diet is extremely important in preventing and reversing all forms of liver disease, including cirrhosis. Eat a low-protein, whole foods diet of organic foods, including seeds, nuts, whole grains, beans, nuts, and goat or rice milk, and also eat plenty of leafy green vegetables. Avoid all alcohol and processed fats such as margarine, hydrogenated oils, and foods with these oils added, rancid oils, and hardened vegetable fats. Instead, use cold-processed oils such as olive. Also increase your consumption of foods high in amino acids and potassium, such as nuts, seeds, bananas, raisins, rice, wheat bran, kelp, dulse, brewer`s yeast, and molasses, and drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Avoid animal protein as well as raw or undercooked fish, and limit your overall intake of fish.

Also avoid all stressors on the liver, such as overeating, drugs of any kind, a highly processed diet (especially one high in processed fats, additives and preservatives), and foods high in animal protein, and accumulation of toxins from chemicals that have to be processed by the liver such as alcohol, drugs, acetaminophen, insecticides, and chemicals from rancid and processed oils. Toxins from Candida yeast organisms within the body can also contribute to liver stress, as can the use of contraceptives.

Herbs: Milk thistle is an excellent herb to help in the treatment of cirrhosis because it helps liver cells regenerate. It may be taken in the form of tablets or the non-alcohol extract called a glycerate. The dose is based upon the content of silymarin (the active ingredient of milk thistle) and so standardized extracts are preferable. The typical dosage range is 70-200 mg of silymarin daily. The herb Picrorhiza kurroa is not as well-known as milk thistle, but may have similar effects. Licorice can also be helpful. The Chinese herb bupleurum (chai-hu) may also be helpful, as can the herbal mixture of kutki (200 mg), shanka pushpi (500 mg), and guduchi (300 mg), with is used by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine to boost liver function. Take 1/4 teaspoon of this mixture taken twice a day, after lunch and dinner, with aloe vera juice.

Juice Therapy: The following juices can help the liver eliminate toxins that cause stress on it: beet and carrot juice and wheat grass juice. To either juice, you can add raw flaxseed oil and garlic as tolerated.

Nutritional Supplementation: Lipotrophic factor nutrients are essential for aiding liver function. These include vitamin C, vitamin E, silymarin, lipoic acid, and raw liver tablets. Other useful nutrients in this regard include vitamin B complex, vitamin B12, folic acid, niacin (in small doses such as 10-30 mg. three times), liver glandulars, digestive enzymes with hydrochloric acid (HCL) and ox bile extract, and the amino acids L-methionine, L-carnitine, L-cysteine, L-glutathione, and L-arginine.

Caution: For all cases of liver disease, do not use more than 10,000 IU of vitamin A daily and avoid cod liver oil entirely.

Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of cirrhosis: Acupuncture, Cell Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Reflexology, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Best of health to you  (+ info)

how long can a person live with liver and kidney failure and they are really bright yellow?

My childrens father is in the hospital and he is very yellow I mean even his teeth. I was told that is liver is shut down or at least almost 99% gone and kidney failure and his heart and blood count is very high. He has been going threw this for a while. How long can you live when your liver shuts down. All he dose is sleep when my kids call him at UCLA hospital. They said he sleeps 80% of the day.

Only the doctor can give you an estimate on this. With the tests they have done and
knowing his medical conditions and all
his other medical condtions in the past...
they can give you an idea.
When the liver fails, the kidneys will follow
because they are trying to remove the
toxins from the body and can become
overwhelmed by this. There is a difference
between liver failure and complete liver
failure. When the liver isn't able to do the
functions it once did for the body efficiently,
it is known as liver failure...complete liver
failure is when the liver cells have died off
to the point that the organ has no function...in which case, the patient will die
if they don't have a transplant.
The yellowing you see
in his skin, etc...is caused because the
liver isn't able to break down a pigment known as bilirubin into a soluble form where
it will flow from the liver in the bile to the
intestines...instead it stays in the blood and
builds up causing this yellow color of the
whites of the eyes, mucus membranes and
the skin and also will make the urine quite
Someone who is in complete liver failure and is going into complete kidney failure
may go into a coma first before they really
die. Since you said he was talking and
sleeping...this may mean he is not that far
gone yet. It also means he might be on
medication that may be causing this sleepiness.
If his kidneys are having a problem, they
may place him on dialysis. IF his abdomen
is full with fluid, they can drain that with a
procedure known as paracentesis.

I hope this, in some way, helps to answer
your questions.  (+ info)

How long can a person live with liver failure?

My 45 year old daughter has total liver failure How long can she live while waiting for a transplant?

if it is acute failure like from tylenol toxicity she probably cannot survive without immidiate transplant. If she has chronic liver disease such as Hepatitis she can live with it for month to years depends on her condition. Waiting for transplant can take waiting days to years depending on how healthy she is and if she is eligible for transplant which would be determined on individual basis by hospitals.  (+ info)

How painful is death by liver failure?

I heard some pretty scary stories about rotting from the inside out, I was wondering if I could get some confirmation on that, preferably from a doctor or someone in the medical field. What does liver failure entail?

Well, my Mom died of liver failure (not from drinking, from a disease) and, well, I can tell you from experience, that, by the time you die of it, you are so totally out of it and delusional, and they are pumping you so full of morphine, that you're not really aware of ANYTHING that's happening to you at all, so, mercifully, it's truly horrible, but it's not exactly what you'd call "painful."

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