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Oct 4, 2000

Dear doc Dieterich, what is a "decompensated cirrhosis ? What does this condition mean? thanks Ronald

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Dear Ronald,

If a person has ascites (fluid in the belly), edema (swollen feet), abnormal bleeding time, bleeding from varicose veins in the esophagus, or confusion caused by the liver (hepatic encephalopathy), they are decompensated, and should be on a transplant list. DTD



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