Doctors Lounge - Gastroenterology Answers
"The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician."
Forum Name: Liver Diseases
Question: Thrombocytopenia (low blood platelets)
|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.
|Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:23 am||
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.
|| Check a doctor's response to similar questions|
Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?
Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community
Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.
Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.