So... After dad was diagnosed with cirrhosis last week - the docs had given him the news after a week in hospital and various tests - they now seem to have changed their minds!!
In many ways - as you would see from my last post - the diagnosis didn’t ‘sit right’ with me having read dad’s US reports concerning his liver (smooth, without lesions but a little enlarged).
Today dad’s doctor told dad that he now suspects that the ascites is coming from a kidney disorder as dad is having high protein levels in his urine and despite the diuretics he has decreased urinary function.
Talk about an about turn!
The doctor said that the diagnosis of cirrhosis was largely based on the presentation of ascites. They are now of the opinion that dad has a possibly fatty liver but not cirrhosis.
It seems quite a big diagnosis to give someone while there is uncertainty! Either way, we just hope that dad’s liver hasn’t reached that point. I suspect that his fatty liver has revealed itself ‘by accident’ due to the investigation into the ascites. This is a good thing, hopefully dad can focus on looking after his liver (no alcohol, reduced salt).
Of course, we are now none the wiser as to what IS actually wrong with dad but the renal team have for now taken over his care. He will still have a Fibroscan.
And he’s allowed home! Yay!
What an emotional rollercoaster.
This forum has been fantastic- I have learned so much and your responses have been invaluable in helping me to try and understand what has been going on with dad. The helpline is also superb.
Thank you x