My ex husband and sons father has had a biopsy and is waiting for the results. He was told he DOES have cirrhosis. The Dr's drained 5 qts of fluid off his abdomen 3 weeks ago, and have given him diuretics. His scrotum is swelling very much if he stands for a couple of hours just doing daily things. He was told to just rest, lay in bed with his lower half elevated and to see the Dr. in a month. This sounds ridiculous to me.!!SEE ME IN A MONTH!!! isn't there something else they can do for hi8m. He is 42yrs. old and has not been able to work for 7 weeks. First his legs swelled,,diuretics, then his stomach,,diuretics.. Can't something else be done sooner than a month?
It would depend on the stage of the liver cirrhosis. Unfortunately, in these cases of end-stage liver disease, liver transplantation would be the most effective option.
Other medications can be tried to alleviate the symptoms - such as beta-blockers or diuretic therapy. However, this will not solve the root problem, which is the liver failure.
Periodic draining of the fluid can also be considered, however, this will have to be repeated as the fluid will just reaccumulate.
If there are further questions about the treatment course, you can obtain a second GI opinion.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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