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Needing info on Liver Transplant for diabetic

Transplants | Last Active: Nov 19, 2019 | Replies (9)

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Thank you. She is 70 right now. Will be 71 in April and her diabetes isnt controlled by her diet. She has to take shots and she is on lactose (not sure if that's the correct spelling) and a few other things.. she has been unresponsive a few times in the past 2 months..she doesnt recognize me most days I go to see her. She gets confused and cant even make a sentence out some times.. she was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver..maybe 3 months ago. All of a sudden things just got bad out of nowhere

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@cajoca, Welcome to Connect. Your grandmother is fortunate to have you asking questions on her behalf.
I hope this article will answer some of your questions about .

Eligibility for Liver or Kidney Transplant
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/transplant/newsfeed-post/eligibility-for-liver-or-kidney-transplant/
As I read your post, it sounds as if you go to visit your grandmother somewhere.. Where is she, hospital, home? What have her doctors had to say about about her diagnosis of cirrhosis and potential treatment and outcomes?

@cajoca If your grandmother has not been seen by a hepatologist, she should be. If her confusion is a recent development it is probably from her cirrhosis. Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) is caused by cirrhosis because the damaged liver is not filtering out toxins and they go to the brain. I had that problem but not daily. The hepatologist prescribed xifaxan for me and that kept me free of the confusion episodes for almost a year. When they started again I had to take lactulose also.

Severe HE episodes can cause a person to become comatose, which is one of the reasons she needs to be seen by a hepatologist.
Do you live close to a large medical center that does transplants? That would be the place to go.
Your grandmother is very fortunate to have you looking out for her.
JK

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