non-alcoholic form of cirrhosis

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   Posted 4/16/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
hi i'm julie and my dad is currently in the hospital with a non-alcoholic form of cirrhosis of the liver. they say it is end stage-he is taking a lot of lactulose and has very good days and very bad days. they are saying that he is uneligible for transplant evaluation at this time because he is too weak. (he also has kidney failure and diabetes) My question is should we seek a second opinion on this? doesn't his advanced condition facilitate immediate evaluation? I don't understand how they can just sort of give up on him.
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   Posted 4/16/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Julie,

I am also new to this forum. I would like to welcome you. You have come to a very wonderful place for advice and the people are so compassionate.

I cannot give you an answer to your question, sorry. But I am sure that someone else will. Just give it a little time, and I am sure that somebody will be along to help you.

I am sorry to hear about your father. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.

Keep posting and keep checking. I know that somebody will be along with some advice for you.

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   Posted 4/16/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Julie.

I am so sorry to know you and your family are going through this tough time, and there is nothing more frustrating than having medical professionals tell you that though there are options available, they may not be options for your loved ones because of their conditions, when it seems like those critical times seem to warrant the most available options!

I think the important thing is what your dad and all of your family feel they need to do collectively. Medically, I don't think it's ever a bad idea to seek a second opinion. I think the only time in a situation like this that a fight could be negative is if it could be more detrimental to the health and well being of your loved one, and that is a decision that is generally best made together, as a family.

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   Posted 4/20/2008 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the forum.

I too am a firm believer in being active in your own health care. Liver disease can be very confusing even in the medical community that there is nothing wrong with seeking another opinion if that is your families wishes. I am very sorry that your family is having to deal with this horrible disease and my thoughts and prayers go out to you all.


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   Posted 4/21/2008 3:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Julie : Welcome, I don't see any reason you should not go for a second opinion. Did you go to a hospital that does transplants.? Who referred him? Did he see a hepatologist? Just wondering who it was that told you he was too ill. june
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