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Why would a doctor prescribe spironolactone to someone with liver disease?

A: There is a concern about patients with cirrhosis (chronic liver disease) taking spironolactone (Aldactone). This is because patients with cirrhosis should avoid electrolyte and acid and base imbalances because these conditions could cause hepatic encephalopathy, when toxins no longer removed by the liver damage brain function. Other possible adverse reactions to sprionolactone include a possibility of cholestatic/hepatocellular toxicity. Depending on the type and extent of liver disease, this may mean either avoiding the medication or monitoring the effects that spironolactone has if any on the patientís particular liver


RA and liver disease

A: Jo-Ann, RA is an auto-immune disease that can effect not only joints but almost any organ in the body. The liver is no exception to this but it is seldom that the liver is affected and this does not usually occur in the early years of the disease. Your doctor will be able to run tests to see how well your liver is functioning. I am sorry that you have to make this decision. I know it can not be an easy one. My nieces have had to struggle with this decision. On of the sisters has sever lever disease. The other was looking into becoming a live donor but decided against it because of the risk to the donor. Rusty...


liver disease / liver Cancer??

A: Hi! Thanks for the question on the forum. Yes, it is possible to miss a lump on ultrasound and catch that onCT scan. This is because a CT takes thin slices of images and thus gives a more accurate picture. Also anelevated GGTP indicates either a tumor or an obstruction to bile duct. Magnetic resonancecholangiopancreatography (MRCP) or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) or any other imagingtechnique may be needed for definitive diagnosis. Possibility of a raised serum alkaline phosphatase (ALP),increased prothrombin time (PT) and international normalized ratio (INR), and maybe a raised ESR and anemiashould be looked into. Please follow up with a hepatologist. The other possibility is that your father has developed an inflammatory bowel condition such as IBS, Crohn?s


liver disease and Blood Test Result Help

A: Hello Joseph: The bloodwork shows all counts to be on the lower side. The leukopenia could be because of a number of causes. A viral infection  tends to decrease white blood cells. Auto immune disorders, certain drugs and liver disease itself can cause decreased counts. However a complete evaluation is required. In addition, 1 - 2% people on Ursodiol may have leukopenia. Fatigue and weakness are symptoms which can present in sclerosing cholangitis. An enlarged spleen sequesters blood cells and thus reduces the circulating blood cells. The liver specialist will be the best person to evaluate and make recommendations about your treatment.  ...

Is Avandia linked to fatty liver disease, Nonalcoholic Fatty liver disease, and / or organ damage?

A: Hi, i just researched this a bit. You need to be extremely careful taking this med if you have any liver problems as there have been cases of the drug having detrimental effects on the liver. Also i copied this; Notify your doctor if you develop any unusual swelling or a rapid weight increase. You should be aware that people taking Avandia tend to gain a little weight, typically around 5 to 10 pounds. The cause is thought to be a combination of fluid retention and fat accumulation. I hope this helps a bit?...


What is the best way to treat a liver disease and its weird smell symptom?

A: The liver is the only organ that can actually regenerate damaged areas. My suggestion would be to begin by eating more yellow and orange vegetables and using yellow herbs (like ground turmeric) in cooking. I would add milk thistle (a whole herb formula not a processed one) and/or burdock root as a daily supplement. Both herbs can clean out and then aid the liver in its own restoration. I would advise that you keep in mind that the liver holds anger so in your efforts to detox your liver, you may find old memories/situations coming to mind that need to be cleared. If things get a little rough, you might consider adding Rescue Remedy (Bach Flower Essence) to your daily routine.. ...


what if a cirrohis patient has end stage liver disease and has high ammonia levels that caused the patient to be asleepand incoherent, will the patient be able to overcome this?

A: Hi, Welcome to AMD. The stage you are talking about is called "hepatic encephalopathy". Normallyliver functions as detoxifier of body (toxins are metabolized in liver to harmless forms). In cirrhosis andsevere liver damage , these toxins (like you said ammonia) are not flushed out of body and they accumulate inbrain leading to progressive brain damage. It is potentially a reversible condition (if damage is not severe)but it can not be said for sure. It is also dependent on electrolyte balance of the patient (sodium, potassiumlevels) and prognosis (progress) of liver condition. Hope this helps....

What are the treatment options for fatty liver disease?

A: Fatty liver disease (FLD) can be treated by removing or restricting the factor causing the fatty liver. This may be alcohol, excessive weight, drug use, or another cause. Removal of this factor may cause the fat in the liver to go away in six weeks. However, clinical support and nutritional supplements are often needed alongside abstinence for optimal treatment outcomes....


What is the pharmacological basis of spironolactone in edema due to chronic liver disease?

A: liver inactivates aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone which causes water retention in body. In liver failure, liver looses ability to inactivate aldosterone. Hence there is secondary hyper-aldosteronism which leads to increased water retention and hence edema. Spironolactone is comptetive antagonist of aldosterone. Hence, it causes water to move out of body in urine and relieve edema....


does liver disease cause blood in your urine, stool and spit? also does pancrease cancer cause this?

A: Dear tinkerbelfreak, Any tumour, cancer in liver, pancreas and conditions like liver cirrhosis and chronichepatitis may cause hematemesis and melena. Hematemesis is vomiting blood and melena is passage of alteredblood as it gets digested in intestine in your stool. Frank blood in stool suggests some problem in the lowerlarge intestine like hemorrhoids. Kidneys related or genito urinary related problems may cause blood inurine. Take care!...
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