Re: End stages of alcoholism...Anyone experienced with this?
sorry you are having to go thru this write. unfortunetly i don't have alot of time right now but will come back tomorrow. my son went thru liver failure(age 13),which was from an inherited liver/kidney disease but from what his GI doc said,he had the liver of someone who drank for like forty years and it was pretty much the same as having cirrhosis. he had fibers taking over his liver.
i just wanted to ask a couple of questions. has there been any mention of possible transplant at all? i know the governing body of all organ Tx in the US is UNOS,and they DO have some very strict rules about drinking and actually getting a new liver or even being placed upon that list. one of them, is he cannot have drank in about a years time just to be placed,but on the other hand,a live donor lobe from a relative is always a possibility too depending upon how much true liver was not actually damaged in the recipient? they need that billiary tree in order to do the live donor,but don't with a whole cadaver liver. has he been told he has portal hypertension or has he been vomiting up blood at all? when did he last drink any alcohol,do you know? have they actually performed any procedures on him like the TIPS?
if you could get any more solid info,espescially anything he has been actually diagnosed as having or stage of "being in" it would help me to help you in the very best way. the more specific the better if you can. again,i really am sorry for what you and he is going thru right now. liver failure i know,is not pretty. Marcia