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I have low grade fibrosis 0/1 on scale of 4+. Heavy drinker
stoped 8 months ago. Doctor says no big deal, liver should
be fine. Also have slight portal inflimmation. Is this something
to worry about. What does minimal fibrosis mean when they say
its low grade at 0/1. Is this the start of it and will it
continue. Or will I develope cirriosis. Does cirrriosis start
when fibrosis hits its top scale at 4+. My doctor has me
very confused when he tells me its nothing to worry about.
He says my liver will last a long time and left it at that .
does that sound logical.
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This is classified as early fibrosis.  There is a fine line between fibrosis and cirrhosis.  Essentially, fibrosis may be reversible, but cirrhosis is irreversible.

Minimal fibrosis is a classification, suggesting there is mild damage to the liver.  Stopping alcohol is probably the best thing you can do at this time.  

Obtaining corresponding liver function tests can help further assess the liver function.

There is no defined point where fibrosis leads to cirrhosis, but yes, the chances of cirrhosis are greater with a high grade of fibrosis.  

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
http://www.straightfromthedoc.com
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