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Re: Treatment?
Jul 8, 2005
[QUOTE=Tayah]I'm so sorry to hear about your news. I have just had my second set of tests taken because the enzymes in my liver were so high. I'm waiting to hear the results.

I had surgery last year, and my surgeon mentioned that my liver had "nodes" on it, but were not inflamed or anything. He never told me to get it checked out, and so I figured it was okay.

Now I go in to to test for diabetes, and this comes up. I guess my question has to do with the fibrosis (Those are nodes, right?). What are the stages ? How are they determined?

Tayah[/QUOTE]

Nodes are tissue of unknown origin. could be fat, could be scar tissue or something else.

The way to know what they are is to do a liver biopsy. There is no other test that tells this for certian. There are unltrasounds and CAT scans, but the biopsy is the best test for this, hands down.

There are four stages of fibrosis, ending in cirrhosis at stage 4. This is only the beginning stage of cirrhosis, which simpluy means scarring on the liver. Beyond that, there are classes of cirrhosis, so there are quite a few steps from no fibrosis to the point where a liver transplant is considered.

Begin by demanding a biopsy and then get a copy of the results.

Most people live a long and healthy life with hepatitis (even cirrhosis!) and end up dying of something else altogether. By no means is the diagnosis a death sentence, even though it may seem like it from reading the internet.

Hope this helps,

thanbey



Hope this helps,

thanbey
Re: Treatment?
Jul 8, 2005
Thanks Thanbey!

I just spoke with my surgeon (who first saw my liver last year), and he corrected me. He did not see "nodes", but he saw adhesions on the liver, around gall bladder, and the stomach. He said it looked as if it had been inflamed at one time and then healed itself.

I think I still want the biopsy, though I'm a little nervous what that entails.

Tayah
[QUOTE=thanbey]Nodes are tissue of unknown origin. could be fat, could be scar tissue or something else.

The way to know what they are is to do a liver biopsy. There is no other test that tells this for certian. There are unltrasounds and CAT scans, but the biopsy is the best test for this, hands down.

There are four stages of fibrosis, ending in cirrhosis at stage 4. This is only the beginning stage of cirrhosis, which simpluy means scarring on the liver. Beyond that, there are classes of cirrhosis, so there are quite a few steps from no fibrosis to the point where a liver transplant is considered.

Begin by demanding a biopsy and then get a copy of the results.

Most people live a long and healthy life with hepatitis (even cirrhosis!) and end up dying of something else altogether. By no means is the diagnosis a death sentence, even though it may seem like it from reading the internet.

Hope this helps,

thanbey



Hope this helps,

thanbey[/QUOTE]





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