Alcohol and enlarged liver

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a relative is in hospital with enlarged liver has been in hospital for 5 days and is still confused  due to  alcohol withdrawal and is on diazapan  how long does the confusion last

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    Diazepam on its on does not confuse you. Not eating , drinking (fluids) and a lack of thiamine and other vitamins/medications can lead to confusion.

    Would need to know a lot more to advise.

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      I would second this and also say that any medical condition can lead to confusion, as can the effects of longterm alcohol misuse. The confusion should get less as the days go by.
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      I learned...always knew it...but this time in hospital...I learned and witnessed the very importantance of FLUIDS. 

      I had 17 IV bags....of fluids.  Prior to that...I was having all kinds of bathroom problems...and heart racing...and blood pressure.  I am almost back to normal in all these areas...after the replacement of vitamins and fluids.

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    It can last for a short while or long while my sister has been suffering since june of last yr her liver enlargement her amonia levels staying out of wack it's horrible keep faith n prayer it's sad for me to watch my sister go through this good luck God bless
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      That's what I mean about medication. The liver will not remove toxins, importantly ammonia. Lactulose will be used, they can even give it in enema format. Hepatic encephalopathy, it is not usually permanent and can be treated, although it generally means they will be taking lactulose for life.
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      She just got out again since june of last yr she has been hospitalized a total of 7 times she has had several transfusions due to becoming anemia since her mother's been bad very bad confusion very weak and started having memory loss and unable to stand or talk right
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      They have ran numerous test to see where the blood is going but can't find anything her mouth bleeds all the time for no reason she is on 18 different pills a day I cry just watching her daily
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      If you mean she comes out starts drinking again and then ends up in hospital, she has to stop or she could end up with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.

      I've seen someone with it, it is not pleasant.

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      She has a enlarged liver also damaged from drinking she is 43yrs old she is always weak yes she takes that lactulose 4x a day 30mg to keep the ammonia levels down it works most of the time but she gets to where she forgets to take it
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      ammonia levels go high due to dehydration from drinking.

      After the hospital does what they do with the intravenous fluid..I would bet her ammonia levels decrease to a normal level.

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      Oh...she has not DRANK since JUNE...I don't know if I believe that.

      Maybe she is just fooling everyone?  Cause usually the liver repairs.

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      If your liver is damaged it does not process the toxins out of your system, particularly ammonia. Lactulose does the job.

      For a lot of people, lactulose ends up being a life time drug. It is for me, I take it everyday.

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      No she is not fooling anyone because she has been living with me we don't allow drinking in my home she has a home but I'm looking after her until she gets her strength back and trust and believe she is being taken care of but the drinking NO SHE IS NOT
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      Oh..thanks RHGB...I was confused from the begginging of the post so my replies are irrelevant.  LOL. I thought the woman had just come off a binge or something.

      I'm glad I haven't hurt my liver to the point of taking a lifetime drug for it sad. Never heard of this drug.  Which is surprising...since I research everything.  Now I will go look this UP.  Thanks.

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      Google lactulose hepatic encephalopathy, first reply by netdoctor explains it simply or other websites will go into more detail.

      Thiamine helps your short term memory, but lacktulose stops you going loopy and more serious things.

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