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I have a history of excessive alcohol consumption - I believe

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I have a history of excessive alcohol consumption - I believe I may be in the middle or later stages of cirrhosis - a condition has now appeared (darkening/blackness of the nails and also they appear to be breaking up and I can pull off the top layers of the nail). Does this confirm my diagnosis of cirrhosis - my doctor has warned me for many years about excessive drinking.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
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darkening and blacking of the nails does not confirm cirrhosis.

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these can be signs of blood clots in your body and even blood clots from your heart.

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you need to see your GP doctor and get blood testing to check on your liver and this would be the best way to check on your liver status

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and you need a liver ultrasound or MRI scan to check on how much of your liver has cirrhosis

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Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Hi. I'm a different expert and I have a different opinion here. The blood clots the other expert mentioned usually cause think dark lines running up and down the nail but what you're describing sounds more like a fungal infection of the nail and with the brittleness there could be a problem with low thyroid function or a vitamin deficiency. You need to discuss this with your doctor