How Long Can A Person Live After The Liver Stop Functioning?


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James Kent Profile
James Kent answered
The length a person can live with liver damage is very subjective and therefore hard to give an accurate answer to your question.

The liver cells are what functions the liver, to keep the body well. When the cells of the liver become damaged, then the functions start to deteriorate and this is known as liver failure. As it progresses to where the liver cells start to die off, more signs and symptoms occur and the less functions the liver does.

The liver cells do not die off all at once as it is a progressive disease (if the patient has been diagnosed with Cirrhosis). You see, as the liver cells die off, scar tissue forms inside the liver that blocks the flow of blood to the functioning liver cells and they start to die, also.

The top test done to see how far advanced a person is in Cirrhosis of the liver is the Liver biopsy. Since the doctors are looking at the actual tissue of the liver and not just films of it...they can tell more. They can see the fibrosis, and the scar
tissue and give you an estimated guess how much longer she may have to live.

When patients are placed on the transplant list, they have blood tests done frequently and receive what is known as a MELD score. The MELD score runs from 6 to 40.

Those who are closer to a six are the healthiest on the list and may even go off the
list is they get they go up the scale closer to 40, they become sicker and the less time they have to live without having a transplant done. The tests
the doctor use to determine this score are the Bilirubin, INR, Creatinine, and Sodium.

Therefore without having these tests results, there is no way to even guess at the answer you need.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
How long can a alcoholic with liver failure live for also suffering liver poisoning and inconclusive evidence of infection symptoms are swelling of the abdominal areas and bottom of legs
Farhan Khan Profile
Farhan Khan answered
Well it depends on situation of the patient. Because in most extreme cases if the liver of a person stop functioning so try to find out causes for disorder of liver and stop using alcohol, foods that contain fats and acidic food. Take your brother to hospital so in this way you can have chances to recover your brother.
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High Sea Air answered
If you have liver failure, then yes, you are going to die. Every person is different and it depends on whether any part of his liver is working or not as to how much longer he has to live. There are no answers as to how long someone has when they have liver failure. It can range from weeks to a few years. It all depends on how advanced his disease is at this time. Only he and his doctor know this answer
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Anonymous answered
I wish I can say someone can leave with out a liver but it happens to be the biggest organ beside the skin the body needs. It like a filter it cleans the body of all the body does not need. I wish one could live with out one my boyfriend and life long Friend was only 42 and died last year 2 months into his 42 birthday.knowing someone since your 8 and seeing him after 20 years again. I thought it would have been a blessing but it seems he kept a lot of it a secret in 2003 only in Manhattan I hear a scream with my name be hide it and to remember it's joseph . He still looked like that kid of course their was age but he did not look sick and was jumpy as he a lot a kid. As we got to know each other again , he mention he had liver trouble but always say ed he going to live a long life and even wanted children he started to become very demanding and angry towards me in2005 throw 2006 that  I thought it was just be and thought it was better we no longer stay in close counter. I got a call 5 days before he died and I went to see him. He first words was what took you so long! I still wonder why it took his mother to contact me after  finding out he was in the hospital for 2 months before his passing. I wish I could have had just another visit or even 5 minutes. This was not a middle age fling but the same guy who was allowed to attend my first boy/girl party at 14. I did go to his funeral and his burial which I never done.I stayed after everyone left me and my mother and sister. Funny thing is we were always close my sister and me are only a year apart but after march17 2008 things became different. I do not blame him at all we all cared for him, I found out he would visit my mother and my sister even after we did not speak. But now march 2009 me and my sister have not spoken in over a month and it has nothing to do with josephs passing , it seems we just don't get along. I like to say I am the moody one but it's not me. In fact I fee like the out cast from my mother and my sister over the last year they have done nothing but lie to me or about me. We have not been a family since my birthday which is april. I have mourning joseph by myself and I don't know if they are I know not only did I lose my a life long Friend but I lost my family and if the lord came down and as me who would I like to spend 5 minutes with I would take joseph in a heart beat,

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