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I just found out a close family member has hepatitis c. i know very little about it, will he die from it?

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Dr. Gary Gottlieb
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
Not necessarily: Many patients with untreated hepatitis C may not progress to liver failure if they do not already have cirrhosis and do not drink alcohol. New treatments are available that increase the cure rate for hepatitis c; your relative should definately find out if he or she is a candidate for this treatment. The minimum treatment to prevent progression to liver failure is complete abstention from alcohol.
Dr. Jamie Berkes
Hepatology 23 years experience
Unlikely: Only about 5% of people with hepatitis C die prematurely as a result. Treatment is available and with early detection the risk of death is even lower.

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