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I have a friend who has Hep.C,cirrohis of liver,hypertension

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I have a friend who has Hep.C,cirrohis of liver,hypertension and blockage of portal vein.Her biggest problem now is fliud retention in the abdominen. What can she do to lessen the fliud collecting. She have to go for a parasethesis every week.The volume taken off is 7to9 liters each week. thank you for answering.
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Is she a candidate for a liver transplant?

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RickMD : Is she a candidate for a liver transplant?
Do you know if her liver problems are the only reason she is having such extreme ascites? I only ask because the number one way to treat ascites is by identifying and fixing the underlying cause.
I look forward to your reply.
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I look forward to your response.
I have not heard back from you, but let me continue.
The first therapy for ascites is to limit salt intake and modify her diet with the assistance of a nutritionist. I can see from your post that she has already done this.
The next step is to add diuretics, such as lasix and aldactone. I would guess that she has already done this without success since she is already at the last available therapy before going to surgery: Frequent therapeutic abdominal paracentesis.
I have heard back from you concerning my requests for more information but at this point, it seems that her only option is placement of a shunt (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) or a liver transplant.
I do not believe, from what you have posted, that there are any other options available to your friend at this point.
Does this answer your question to your satisfaction? If not, please let me know and we can continue our conversation.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

How long can a patient at this age go without a transplant?

That is an excellent question and there is now real way to predict. It all depends on how much further her liver fails, what complications she gets from the ascites (lung problems, infection, secondary kidney failure, etc).
In general, I have to be honest with you, the prognosis is poor. Depending on the factors I've mentioned, about half of patients with ascites that is due to liver failure will be alive after 3 years.
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Thanks in advance,
Dr. Rick