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05/25/2012 10:09 AM

Some Fibrosis

Aaron01
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Hello everyone. I had a whack of tests done last week. Barium swallow, Ultrasound, and blood tests for nearly everything. Barium swallow results were great (no bad news), blood tests were all great (all liver enzymes well within normal range), but the ultrasound did show some fibrosis of the liver. My doctor said he wasn't concerned, as my bloodwork showed great results and indicate healthy liver function. He said as long as I remain alcohol free, eat well, exercise etc, my prognosis is very positive. But I am concerned. Damage didn't show up in the Ultrasound I had late last year. Then again, this ultrasound seem much more thorough - she took almost twice as long to do it.

I've been sober since last Oct 2nd. But I fear with fibrosis I'm now screwed. From your experience, if I remain living a healthy lifestyle, can I halt the progression of liver fibrosis?

Your input is much appreciated.

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05/25/2012 11:12 AM
mpmom
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US truly depends on the skill of the Tech doing it. The first Tech may not have been as skilled. The Fibrosis was probably there at that time also.

Your Dr is right even though you will always have the Fibrosis (Scaring) you can still live a long normal life, With out it progressing to Liver Failure. Most Patients that stop drinking do.

Stopping the alcohol stops the progression of fibrosis and even Cirrhosis in almost all cases.


05/25/2012 04:26 PM
MommaMac
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I agree.....as long as you do not drink, proper nutrition, and some exercise, you should be ok.

05/25/2012 05:57 PM
sadlystillsane
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I had an ultrasound in December that said my liver was perfect, absolutely unremarkable and no damage.

In January I had a biopsy with an ultrasound guide and the doc said he could see the cirrhosis on my liver from the ultrasound guide before even taking the tissue. He was right, liver was stage 4.

Point of story: ultrasound depends on two things. Who does it and who reads it.


05/25/2012 06:54 PM
bbarton2
 
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Even though Technician usually can read the ultrasound (not qualified to), it is read & interpreted by a radiologist (doctor). I would imagine the hepatologist would also be reading it.

Keep up the good work of being sober!Smile


05/25/2012 07:50 PM
Virginiamom
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My daughter was diagnosed with end stage liver disease by hospital docs 6 months ago. The liver specialists she has seen since say there is no way to tell except the passage of time and symptoms. She had a cat scan, MRI and ultrasound. Though he liver showed damage they are saying could make a complete recovery.

She has been sober for 6 months. Congrats on your sobriety.

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