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Can a live-donor liver transplant happen in someone with acute liver failure?


I'm just curious.

If someone were to develop acute liver failure from something like an acetaminophen overdose or hepatitis and were in need of a transplant ASAP, would the doctors consider a live-donor transplant from someone in the family, like a parent or sibling? I know these usually take time and consideration, but if someone's life was in imminent danger, would the doctors perform a live-donor transplant?

Thanks for your thoughts!
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Can somebody tell me if I have acute liver failure?


I took a plethora of pills the other night including aleve. The next day I started getting sharp pains where my liver is. They go in waves and have been getting more worse. I am debating whether or not to go to the hospital and get it checked out or see if it passes. Does this sound like acute liver failure?

And yes i know i shouldnt have taken what I did...........
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If you had liver failure you would not be well enough to write this question. When in doubt go see a doctor.  (+ info)

Doctors, How do you recover from acute liver, kidneys and bone marrow failure?


A doctor prescribed by phone bactrim for a cold. I had a past strong reaction to sulfa.
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How does acute liver failure actually kill you?


Pretty straight forward.
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If i take from 5 to 7 vicodin es a day for a long period of time. Can that cause acute liver failure?


The reason im asking. I been taking that amount for 2 years now. I stopped 2 months ago. Since then i have tooken them 2 times cause of my back. I been feeling really weak the past 2 days. Only sympton i dont have for liver failure is the yellowing in the eyes and skin,
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Acute liver failure, anyone know anything about it?


My friend has just colapsed and been taken to hospital with acute liver failure.

He doesnt do drugs or drink, the only thing he did differently recently was go on a detox diet of some kind.

Can anyone tell me, did the detox cause this?

And what kind of treatment can they offer him?

Will he need a transplant and how quick can they make that happen?
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There are many causes of liver disease: You mentioned two...the alcohol and drugs...However, there are many more: chemical exposure, viral infection like Hepatitis A-B-C, biliary obstruction/malformation/infections, fatty liver disease, auto immune disease, hereditary conditions, mushroom poisoning, cancer/tumors/growth/cysts, cardiac/vascular problems, and much more.

When the cells of the liver become damaged, from any cause, the immune system of the body will respond to this and cause inflammation inside the liver...this will cause the liver to enlarge in size.

Some patients have no sign or symptom of having a liver problem, except for feeling tired or flu like symptoms...some don't even have that. Many times a liver problem is discovered when they test for other things.

If the doctor can find the cause of the problem and it can be stopped and the inflammation is treated, then the liver cells may heal. However, if this isn't done...it can lead to the liver cells dying off. The cells of the liver are what does the many functions of the liver and if they die, those functions start to deteriorate. This is known as liver failure. Once the cells start to die off...it forms scar tissue inside the liver and can become a progressive disease where the cell keep dying and the functions keep deteriorating more...known as
Cirrhosis of the liver.

The doctors will do much blood testing and film testing to see how far he is advanced in this liver problem. If it is in the early stages of inflammation...it may be able to be reversed, if not...he will be on continuous treatment to slow the disease down...if it is Cirrhosis, he will at some point...may need a liver transplant.

If he should need a liver transplant, some people can become a living donor for him. They will have to be 18 years of age or older with no serious medical conditions. Be willing to go through an evaluation process of much testing and seeing doctors. The surgeon will take up to 60% of their liver for him. Both the part that he receives and the part left inside the donor will regenerate into a whole liver once again. The blood has to be compatible to his.

The treatment he will receive will depend on the cause of the liver problem.

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

Liver test came back elevated, Can acute liver failure, recover on its own?


I had all the symptoms of liverfailure, except I thought it was psychosis or just a mental disorder. I had tons of blood tests, only the liver came back elevated, but my doctor said it wasn't high enough to cause concern.

Just curious if the liver will repair itself? or should I get it looked into farther?
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It depends on what has caused it.
A liver problem can occur from:
alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
chemical exposure, biliary obstruction or
mal formation, hereditary problems,
viral infections such as Hep A,B,C,etc..
fatty liver disease, metabolic problems,
and others.
Usually it starts out as inflammation in the liver
cells. If the inflammation is treated and
the cause can be eliminated...then the
liver cells can heal and the condition can
be reversed. This means you have to know
the cause and whether it can be one that just
by eliminating it will help. From the list above...
some cannot be eliminated.
However, if the inflammation is not treated and
the cause of it is not removed...it can progress
where the liver cells die...this is then known
as cirrhosis of the liver and is a progressive
disease.
No one blood lab work is 100% accurate.
It takes more than one to determine whether
steps should be taken or not. There are
alot of things that can affect the results of
these tests. Example: exercising before
the test is done and what time of day the
test was taken. I believe that you should
have further blood tests taken to be sure
if there is a problem. You might be surprised
if the doctor then tells you that yours results
are back in the normal range. However..
if they are higher still, he should refer you
to a gastroenterologist. In some people, it
is "normal for them" to have a higher than normal
range because of their background.
I hope this information is of some help to you.
I also hope you luck out and your tests results
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Has anyone developed Acute Liver Failure after being exposed to an industrial toxin?


It's from watching too much Obama on TV dude - be a champ - go for McCain! Lol, jk jk...

I've never had it no but it's pretty much the same as any kind of acute liver failure. You'll need to see the doc of course and take drugs to minimize any permanent liver damage and probably get on some supplements for a good year to help the liver repair.  (+ info)

What parts of the body are affected by acute liver failure? How are the parts of the body affected?


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Liver failure is a severe deterioration in liver function.

Liver failure can result from any type of liver disorder, including viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver damage from alcohol or drugs such as acetaminophenSome Trade Names
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. A large portion of the liver must be damaged before liver failure occurs. Liver failure may develop rapidly over days or weeks (acute liver failure) or gradually over months or years (chronic liver failure).

Symptoms and Diagnosis

A person with liver failure usually has jaundice, a tendency to bruise or bleed, ascites, liver encephalopathy, and generally failing health. Other common symptoms include fatigue, weakness, nausea, and a loss of appetite. In acute liver failure, a person may go from being healthy to near death within a few days. In chronic liver failure, the deterioration in health may be very gradual until a dramatic event, such as bleeding varices (large, tortuous veins), occurs.

The clinical manifestations alone provide strong evidence of liver failure. Blood tests usually show severely deteriorated liver function.

Prognosis and Treatment

Treatment depends on the cause and on the specific clinical manifestations. The urgency of treatment depends on whether the liver failure is acute or chronic, but the principles of treatment are the same. The person is usually placed on a restricted diet. Protein consumption is carefully controlled: Too much protein can cause brain dysfunction; too little can cause weight loss. Sodium consumption is kept low to help keep ascitic fluid from accumulating in the abdomen. Alcohol is completely avoided because it can worsen the liver damage.

Ultimately, liver failure is fatal if it is not treated or if the liver disease is progressive. Even after treatment, liver failure may be irreversible. In terminal cases, the person may die of kidney failure (hepatorenal syndrome), because liver failure can eventually lead to kidney failure. Liver transplantation (see Transplantation: Liver Transplantation), if performed soon enough, can restore a person to normal health, but it is suitable for only a small number of people with liver failure.  (+ info)

Can alcohol cause acute liver failure?


I drank a bottle of vodka very quickly. (No throwing up.) Had a bad hangover the next day but was sober. I've been feeling sick for three days after, and my right leg feels really cramped. I've been having massive mood swings. My visions a little blurry and I feel really tired. It's tuesday night as of writing and I drank the alcohol saturday night. I know i probably sound like an idiot but i'm going to be ok aren't I?
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Go to a doctor and explan your symtoms and see what he says. Nobody on answers will be as acurate as a doctor. Remember that is what is getting paid for.  (+ info)

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