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My son is jaundice and he wont go to Dr. he is an addict and know he has hepitatis. can he die if he doesn't get treatment?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Some do: I recall a 23 yo who died a few years back from Hepatitis A. Untreated Hepatitis B (the addicts get) can & does kill. Those who recover can go on to chronic liver failure, liver cirrhosis & liver cancer. An addict would NEVER be considered for a liver transplant, which can be the only way to avoid a miserable death. Some kids consider themselves invulnerable, in this case, it is just a bad choice
Answered on Feb 23, 2018
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Dr. Farrant Sakaguchi
Specializes in Family Medicine
He should be seen in clinic for potential hepatitis now as well as for trying to address his addiction.
Feb 11, 2018
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience in Pediatrics
He can die from Hepatitis or he can die from addiction. Unfortunately you cannot control either of these unless he is under 18 years of age.
Feb 15, 2018
Dr. HIndi Mermelstein
36 years experience in Geriatric Psychiatry
Addicts are afraid to seek medical help because of shame, worry that their addiction won't be treated humanely, misinformation as well as psychological factors. Hepatitis can hurt, harm and even cause death directly indirectly with A, B ,C being different. A clinic/doctor specializing in hepatitis where many of the patients have struggled with addictions. Good Luck to both of you
Feb 22, 2018

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