Yes! Fibrosis of the liver at stage 2 is reversible. Fibrosis is reversible up until stage 3-4, but there is some debate on stage 4 which is also known as cirrhosis. You need to eliminate the underlying cause to reverse the damage.
Should your fibrosis be caused by Hep C, you would need to start treatment in order to eliminate further damage. The newest Hep C meds were recently approved by the FDA, and are of shorter duration from the older meds, with relatively fewer side effects. Seeking treatment now would put you at less risk, without having to deal with irreversible liver damage in the future.
Be Well. ...Kim..
Yes, completely reversible.
In the early stage of any liver disease, your liver may become inflamed. It may become enlarged. Inflammation is what happen when your body is trying to fight an infection or heal an injury. But if the inflammation continues over time, it can start to hurt your liver permanently.
When most other parts of your body become inflamed, you can feel it – the area becomes hot and painful. But an inflamed liver may cause you no discomfort at all.
If your liver disease is diagnosed and treated successfully at this stage, the inflammation may go away.
If left untreated, the inflamed liver will start to develop collagen build up. As excess scar tissue grows, it replaces healthy liver tissue. This process is called fibrosis. If your liver disease is diagnosed and treated successfully at this stage, your liver can heal itself over time.
Cirrhosis (stage 4 liver disease) is a disease in which the liver becomes severely scarred, usually as a result of many decades of continuous injury. In its earlier stages, cirrhosis may be reversible if the underlying cause can be treated. In its advanced stages (decompensation and ESLD) , cirrhosis is irreversible, so the only treatment option is liver transplantation.
Hi, just reading this post. Alittle confused. Although you mentioned no discomfort in the area of the liver, is that always the case. Over the last year I have experienced pain in U.R.Q. In the liver area. Due to no insurance at the time, never had it checked out. Just assumed it was from the HCV. Could it be something else?
Thank You Kim for taking your time and answering my question...sigh of relief
Yours in Health
I 'm not sure in your case. However over 20 years ago I had upper right quad pain and it turned out to be my gallbladder...just an FYI
Yours in health
I could kick myself! I read your question - and just had gallbladder surgery in - which is when they did my most recent biopsy and founf that I had Fibrosis - and never thought to respond to your question! Sorry. Like Koepsell1997, I, too, had U.R.Q. pain, which led to the diagnosis of gallstones and surgery. Do you have insurance now. if so, see your doctor. There are some quick teststhat can check for stones. Again, sorry for not picking up on that. Pat