Thrombocytopenia (low blood platelets)

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Thrombocytopenia (low blood platelets)

Postby Mutant1981 » Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:43 am

My dad (44) has recently been diagnosed with this about month an a half ago. He is a heavy drinker and they said this, plus his liver can't really metabolize much anymore. He sais to me he feels fine and he's working as usual. If he keeps drinking even a little would this cause serious more damage even before he's 50? He drinks hard liquor, tequila some beer but not much. I just don't see a good future if he doesn't stop. They did say no Cirrhosis is present at this time.

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Postby Dr. Chan Lowe » Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:23 am

Hi Mutant1981,

This is, unfortunately, a bit of a complicated question to answer. This really all depends on the degree of damage already done and the amount of alcohol ingested.

In general, if there is already damage from alcohol to the liver, continued alcohol ingestion is only going to cause more damage.

I would recommend he talk with his doctor about the severity of the liver issue and his risk of continued drinking.

Best wishes.

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