How did he diagnose F4 cirrhosis?
Did you have a fibrosure blood test? The fibrosure blood test is most accurate with F4 cirrhosis and less so for mid range damage.
What kind of doctor are you seeing? I was tested for esophageal varicies on my diagnosis of cirrhosis with liver biopsy back in Jan 2008 and had only small grade 1 varicies. When checked again 2 years later they were grade 2 and a year after that in 2012 they were grade 3 and needed to be banded.
I have never had a CT scan as I said I was initially diagnosed with a liver biopsy and did a fibroscan test in Fall 2014 to confirm my cirrhosis diagnosis for my insurance. I also have abdominal ultrasounds every 6 months to check for liver cancer.
As far as I know the tests used to diagnose cirrhosis are liver biopsy, Fibroscan and Fibrosure blood test.
I have a Gastroenterologist. He diagnosed the F4 from a blood fibrosis test. Then I had an esophageal endoscopy with no varices.after that he sent me for a CT scan and it said no cancer or hepatic masses and no cirrhosis and also no ascites.
You may want to get your gallbladder checked, provided you still have one. If that thing starts heading south, you could get bloating after meals.
When I was first diagnosed with cirrhosis I was checked for varicies it took 4 additional years for me to develop varicies that needed treatment.
One common blood test that can indicate advancing cirrhosis is a low platelet count which is caused by portal hyper tensing which in turn causes the spleen to enlarge resulting in the sequestration of platelets as
Ned the low platelet test result. Low platelets are often the first symptom of worsening cirrhosis. My platelet count has been around 80 to 90 with minimum normal at 150. I have seen some sat they have as few as 50 or lower.
I have scant ascities but again it took several years for that to happen.
You my want to see a hepatologist associated with a liver transplant center they are best equipped to follow and treat a patient with cirrhosis