MELD to low for listing - how quick can it increase?
Several years ago (2004) the liver failed (MELD 24) but I wasn't on the list. The diagnosis was a week or two. I was listed (cirrhosis) in 2005 and worked hard to reduce the MELD to a stable 6-9 with a healthy diet and fitness schedule over the past several years. Recently I was removed from the list (June 2012). Also, the last drink I had was June 21, 2004.
Anything that makes my brain work hard gets me tired and irritable. I worry about encephalopathy but am not constipated and still pretty sharp with getting along with others, math, and read lots if I can stay awake. I also have a bunch of stress with 21 and 22 yr old boys, a sick brother, selfish ex-wife and on and on. Any thoughts? Can encephalopathy increase without additional ascites or ammonia levels? Also, which blood test includes ammonia?
Last edited by jeff_brb; 12-01-2012 at 04:47 AM.
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