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A 38-year-old male asked:

My daughter is a beta thalassaemia major patient & taking regular blood transfusion for 10 yrs. now she has hep c type 4 &viral load is 133964. cure?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
B-thalassemia-hep: First of all I am sorry about your daughter's condition. As you know, unfortunately there is nothing to cure beta thal major -besides an allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. Now, with the hepatitis c- the situation will be way tougher for your daughter to deal with. She definitely needs to be seen by a hepatologist and see if she is able to get any therapy for hep c- if she can tolerate it.
Dr. Camilla Graham
Infectious Disease 27 years experience
Don't rush: Young people tend to have fairly slow progression of liver damage wit hepatitis c. The pace of new drug development over the next 5-10 years will transform this disease. Get informed. Follow sophisticated websites like natap.Org for the latest clinical trial data. Today, treatment of hcv in people like your child is complicated, but we will have easier to tolerate regimens in genotype 4 in 2-4 y.

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