how long does liver faiure last? I am 2-3 weeks into it i thought it was fast1?
I am dying with my liver, kidneys, pancrease all being eaten by microbs, we got while in the Marines, my spleen wont work due to Portal hypertension my liver will not let anything thru it, my kidneys are really burning, my legs wobbling, some meds are keeping me alive but now I feel as I am slipping away and I know it! How long can this last?
I know I can stop taking my 2 meds and be in a coma within 2 days because my ammonia is over 180 buit I am trying to live to see my SSD so I can pass it out to the family the way I want, thats all, I am ready...
- abijannLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
When the liver cells become damage, the immune
system of the body responds to this damage and
causes inflammation to develop inside the liver.
This will cause your liver to enlarge in size. If
the doctors can find the cause and stop it, then the
liver cells can heal and the problem can be reversed.
However, once the liver cells start to die off, it becomes
a progressive disease, known as Cirrhosis of the liver.
The scar tissue that forms inside the liver blocks the
flow of blood through the liver on its way back to the
heart. It also blocks the flow of blood to the other
functioning liver cells, so they will continue to die off.
The liver cells are what does all the functions of the liver.
When the functions start to decline as the cells die off,
it is known as liver failure. It depends on how much
function your liver can still do, how far advanced in this
disease you are. This can be estimated by having a
liver biopsy done. The blood that used to go to the
liver through the Portal vein, now backs up into it.
(portal hypertension). This blood also backs up into
vessels not used to handling this amount of blood,
known as varies. These vessels can have weak spots
that balloon outward and break open. Any blood in the
sputum, vomit, or rectal area is an emergency. The doctor
can go in an band these vessels to stop the bleeding.
Since patients, who have cirrhosis, will bleed and bruise
very easily because the liver no longer is able to make
clotting factors to help the blood to clot...it is important
that they watch closely if this should happen.
The spleen also enlarges from the blood backing up
into it. Since the spleen is enlarged, it can trap platelets
in it and cause them to appear lower in the blood tests.
Since toxins are going through the body that the liver
no longer can convert to non toxic form...it causes extra
work on the kidneys and they are next in line to fail
after the liver. Patients in the advance stages of this
disease usually develop Ascites: the build up of fluid
in the abdominal area because the liver isn't able to make
a certain protein known as Albumin efficiently anymore.
The doctors can do a procedure known as paracentesis
to remove this fluid to make a patient more comfortable and
able to breath and eat easier. Medications is given to
the patient to help remove the toxin, ammonia, from the
blood. Patients develop what is known as Encephalopathy
from this ammonia rise: memory problems, confusion,
disorientation, sleep pattern changes, and tremors.
Patients who have high microorganism in their blood are
usually in the hospital on combination of broad spectrum
If you were evaluated for a liver transplant (which includes
much testing and seeing doctors)...once you were placed
on the list...you would receive a MELD score based on
your blood tests results of: Bilirubin, INR, Creatinine,
The MELD score runs from 6 to 40. If at a 6, you are
the healthiest on the list and may even go off the list.
If you go up the ladder closer to 40, you become sicker
and more in need of a transplant. There is a calculator
on the internet that can give you an idea of what your
MELD score would be, if you have the results of your
blood lab tests:
It would give you an idea how far in liver failure you may
I hope this information has been of some help to you.
Best wishesSource(s): caregiver to a liver transplant patient
- Anonymous1 decade ago
well if you want to die, then quit taking the meds. They're what is making it last longer