My doctor says my cirrhosis is a 7 and when it gets to 12 I will get put on the transplant list I don't understand is 7 bad also my blood platelet is 63000 right now they say it dropping due to the cirrhosis does anyone know what I can expect
It seems that you have been diagnosed with liver Cirrhosis. â
Cirrhosis is a condition in which the liver slowly deteriorates and malfunctions due to chronic injury. âScar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue, partially blocking the flow of blood through the liver and âultimately resulting in liver dysfunction.â
Some general some symptoms of liver disease include nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, ââindigestion, change in stools, jaundice, itching, etc.â
As liver function deteriorates, one or more complications may develop. In severe conditions with âgreater liver dysfunction abdominal distension, swelling of the legs, âanorexia, lethargy is seen. â
Treatment for cirrhosis depends on the cause of the disease and whether complications are present. âThe goals of treatment are to slow the progression of scar tissue in the liver and prevent or treat the âcomplications of the disease. Hospitalization may be necessary for cirrhosis with complications.â
âA proper nutritious diet, avoidance of alcohol is important. Medications are given to treat various âsymptoms of cirrhosis, such as itching and abdominal pain. In case of severe disease where the liver is âseverely defective, liver transplantation may be also required.
The severity of cirrhosis is graded with the Child-Pugh Score, which takes into consideration the bilirubin and albumin levels, the prothrombin time, presence of ascites and hepatic encephalopathy. The scores are used to know the probable prognosis.
Class A (scores 5-6) have a favourable prognosis.
Class B (scores 7-9) - has a unpredictable prognosis
Class C (scores > 9) - has a poor outcome with a high risk of death. It is in such patients, that liver transplantation is done with urgency, to prevent deaths.
In your case, you probably have a Child-Pugh Score of 7, and hence you are still not at a stage where liver transplant is needed for you. Continuing to take proper care of your self by following your doctors treatment can help to improve your scores over the long run.
Is it true the list of names on transplant list is based on your severeness of your conditions, and that if your on the top of the list for a tranplant you can get knocked down a place or two on the list?
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