Flashcards in Cirrhosis Deck (13):
development of fibrosis of liver with formation of regenerative nodules; results in impairment of synthetic, metabolic and hemodynamic functions of the liver
Gold standard for diagnosis of cirrhosis
T/F Early fibrotic changes are reversible, as progression occurs the changes become irreversible
Levels fall as cirrhosis worsens
Levels rise as cirrhosis worsens
Why does prothrombin time increase with cirrhosis?
ability of cirrhotic liver to synthesize clotting factors diminishes
What happens to sodium levels when there is ascites and high levels of ADH?
usually the first hematologic abnormality of cirrhosis; secondary to portal hypertension and attendant congestive splenomegaly
Increased blood pressure in the portal vein due to increased resistance to the blood passing through the vessels in the liver
Treatment of portal hypertension
remove ascitic fluid, portal shunts, liver transplant
Spectrum of potentially reversible neuropsychiatric abnormalities
neurotoxin that precipitates hepatic encephalopathy