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willne1
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/22/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all....this is my first post here on this very informative forum I just happened to find while browsing around looking for info on AIH. I'm a 54 yr. old male dealing with AIH for 23yrs now. I also have type 1 diabetes that I blame on high doses of Prednisone I was on when I first got sick. I have been controlling my disease with Imuran alone for 20 yrs. I have not seen a Hepatologist for around 20 yrs. now. I recently had a CT scan for another problem that showed I have Hepatomegaly (enlarged liver) and Fatty Liver with no focal lesions. Is this something I should be concerned about or no big deal? The Dr. who ordered the test didn't say anything but this is outside his profession...and BTW I do have a little red wine with my dinner.

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hep93
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   Posted 10/22/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello, Willne and welcome to the forum!  We have quite a few people here with AIH, so I'm sure you will get a lot of support.  Yes, fatty liver is something to be concerned about.  Also, you should not be drinking ANY alcohol.  You are not doing your liver any favors at all.  I have hep C and cirrhosis, so will leave it to others to give you more information.  However, I do suggest you see a hepatologist for a consult regarding the findings of your scan.

Again...welcome!

Connie



hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Post Edited (hep93) : 10/22/2009 8:20:42 PM (GMT-6)


willne1
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   Posted 10/23/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Connie for the welcome and the kind thoughts. I will take your advice and set up an appointment. It's just such a pain to get up there to see someone at the University and all the return visits for testing and everything. I was hoping someone with fatty liver and or enlarged liver would chime in. Anyone have any thoughts on this I would appreciate the input.

Thanks,
willne1

hep93
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   Posted 10/23/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Willne, since the scan has already been done, perhaps you could just get a copy of that to take with you...or at least the radiologist's report...and therefore not have to undergo one again.  Ditto with blood test results.  Are you overweight?  Have you ever had excessive alcohol intake?  There is a type of fatty liver known as NASH--non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.  This can cause some problems.  Without more info, it's impossible to say more.  Fatty liver alone can be innocuous, but since you also have hepatomegaly and type 1 diabetes, there is more of a chance of complications developing, such as cirrhosis.  I know we've had a couple of posts from people with fatty liver.  You might do a search for that on this forum and perhaps find some answers there.   I found one at the Diabetes forum that gives quite a few details:
 



hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Post Edited (hep93) : 10/23/2009 8:52:11 PM (GMT-6)

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