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what happens when a liver stops working?

My sister's liver has apparently stopped working due to her Cirrhosis. She is 59 years old and they are having trouble keeping her on the medication that removes ammonia from her body. There seems to be some discussion of a transplant for her and some doubts about her ability to survivr the rigors of surgery. Does this mean we are facing her imminent death in the next few days or weeks?
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So very sorry to hear of your sister’s problems. The medicine she’s taking is most probably ‘Lactulose’; if so, it’s important to keep her from developing hepatic encephalopathy, a form of dementia associated with end stage liver disease.

Push for a referral to a transplant center for evaluation; and they will see if she’s eligible for transplant. Do you know if she’s developed this through alcoholic liver disease? Viral hepatitis?

While no one can forecast how long she’ll live, her doctors can approximate using data from her lab results. This is a good time for her to review her finances, and make certain an advance health care directive has been updated.

If she developed her disease from alcohol, she’ll have to demonstrate a period of sobriety prior to evaluation and acceptance.

Best of luck to you both—

Bill
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