Posted 12/3/2013 8:51 AM (GMT -6)
Welcome to the forum. I'm sorry that your mom is having such trouble. When you say consultant are you referring to a hepatologist or liver specialist? I would definitely get a second opinion, maybe they can clear the obstruction.
Jaundice is common in liver disease. Is she taking any medications? The treatment for high ammonia levels is lactulose, and a lot of it. You cannot overdose on lactulose so make sure she gets enough to bring those levels down and clear the confusion. Lactulose will cause bowel movements, nature's way of ridding the ammonia. Often it is coupled with Xifaxan, they work well together and is the reason I asked about her meds.
When a liver isn't doing its 600+ jobs in the body, there aren't a lot of options. Does you mom have Hepatitis C or hepatitis from alcohol? By the way there is a folder at the top of the page entitled "Hepatitis Resources" and is a wealth of information.
As far as the fluid retention goes, is she being drained via a process called paracentesis? Is she on a diuretic to help remove the fluid?
Give us as much info as possible so we can help you, but also she definitely needs a liver specialist, the "consultant" term you used worries me.
Jaundice is from high bilirubin buildup in the sick liver and that can come and go depending on the severity of the disease. Some people here have very little function in their liver and still manage to survive through medication and diet, but then there are others who just don't make it, I'm sorry to say. There are not enough liver donors to go around.
One of our moderators will be along to welcome you and impart some good information, please come back and update us so we can get a clearer picture of your mom's condition. We are a caring group here, you will find :)