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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsOther - Diseases · 1 decade ago

can you have cirrhosis of the liver and fatty liver disease at the same time?

my father in law just got a "partial" result back on his liver count. they have said for right now all they know is he has fatty deposits in his liver. he has drank for over 45 years and i was wondering if you can have fatty deposits and cirrhosis at the same time?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Cirrhosis and a fatty liver can go hand in hand. A fatty liver is very common in drinkers and can lead to cirrhosis. This is very typical for alcoholics. That's a long time to be a drinker so there very well could be significant damage already done to his liver from scarring which is cirrhosis.

    Everything is going to depend on how much damage has already been done. The liver has the ability to regenerate, but it cannot do that once cirrhosis has occurred. Cirrhosis is permanent damage that does not go away. If the damage is severe, only a transplant will save their life. If caught in the early stages where the damage is not so bad, then if they quit drinking and take care of themselves, they can get well again.

    I don't know how much damage has been done to your father's liver, but one thing is for certain. If he does not stop drinking forever, it will lead to total liver failure and death. Getting a transplant will be very difficult for him since they don't give transplants to anyone that is an active drinker. He would have to quit and wait at least 6 months before they will even consider him for a transplant. Liver failure is not an easy way to die. I hope someone in your family can talk some sense into him before it kills him. Good luck.

    Source(s): Had cirrhosis and a liver transplant.
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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Cirrhosis of the liver and fatty liver disease at the same time is possible, because fatty liver is one of the common cause leading to Cirrhosis of the liver.

    If you have been diagnosed with fatty liver disease, you might be feeling afraid and somewhat bewildered and would appreciate more information about all aspects of this condition. What causes it? What are the treatments available? What are the possible diet and lifestyle changes you should make? What advice for a holistic approach to managing – and even reversing it? and i know the website is so good and full information a bout fatty liver at:http://adola.net/go/fattyliver-bible/

    Hope this useful!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Alcohol is the number one cause of damage to

    the liver cells and Cirrhosis of the liver.

    Alcohol can cause fatty deposits in the liver

    that can lead to Cirrhosis.

    The liver takes the alcohol, a patient drinks,

    and using enzymes....tries to convert the

    alcohol into acetaldehyde and then into

    acetate and then into a non toxic form for the body...which is carbon dioxide and water.

    When the liver becomes overwhelmed by continuous drinking...It may not get converted

    properly and the alcohol and also the

    acetaldehyde will damage the liver cells.

    Alcohol is like a concentrated sugar which

    causes fat to be deposited in the liver.

    When the liver cells become damaged,

    the immune system of the body responds

    to this and causes inflammation to develop

    inside the liver. Add to that the fat that

    can damage the liver cells by even pushing

    the nucleus of the liver cells out of place and

    you have a real problem. The inflammation

    will cause the liver to enlarge in size,

    even though it is surrounded by a membrane

    capsule. You can imagine the pressure

    build up in the liver and realize how much

    damage that will do.

    If the consumption of alcohol is stopped early

    on and the inflammation is treated, there is

    a chance the condition will be reversed.

    However, once the cells start to die off,

    it becomes a progressive disease with

    no known cure, known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

    The cells keep dying off because scar tissue

    forms in the liver and blocks the flow of blood.

    Alcohol consumption leads to damage cells

    and inflammation. Alcohol causes fatty

    deposits in the liver. Inflammation and

    fat causes the cells to die off, known as Cirrhosis. Cirrhosis leads to being placed on the

    transplant list (have to be free of alcohol

    consumption for a period of six months

    to be accepted and listed).

    He need to be with a gastroenterologist or

    hepatologist now. He needs to detox

    either through receiving medication to help

    go off the alcohol, from a doctor, or go through

    a detox program at a hospital. He needs

    to find out how far advanced in the disease

    he is and when he will be able to get on the

    list...if he has cirrhosis already.

    Some links to click on:

    http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

    I hope this information has been of some

    help to you.

    Source(s): caregiver to a liver transplant patient
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  • 5 years ago

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    can you have cirrhosis of the liver and fatty liver disease at the same time?

    my father in law just got a "partial" result back on his liver count. they have said for right now all they know is he has fatty deposits in his liver. he has drank for over 45 years and i was wondering if you can have fatty deposits and cirrhosis at the same time?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Of course, anything is possible. In fact many patients have more than one disease at the same time.

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