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If you have hep c do you have normal liver enzymes?

If you have hep c do you have normal liver enzymes?

It's possible...: it is possible to have normal liver enzymes and still have hepatitis C. More typically, however, are mild elevations of the ALT or AST. If you have any risk factors for hepatitis C infection, or if you were born between 1945 and 1965, you should get tested for hepatitis C. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more


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Idk what happened. I found out one day someone in my family had hep c. After that something snapped in my head and I have anxiety now. I was normal:(?

Idk what happened. I found out one day someone in my family  had hep c. After that something snapped in my head and I have anxiety now. I was normal:(?

Triggered anxiety: I am so sorry to hear about your misfortune. There are several types of anxiety. I can't diagnose yours with the information available, but i can say this about it. It is not uncommon for any of the anxiety disorders to be either situational or triggered in nature. Since it came via an emotional response to information which comes through your thoughts, it would stand to reason that it can be shut off using thought or cognitive therapy.Please find a therapist near you who practices cbt. I think this would be your best way to start. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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What is the first test to know hep-c , is it normal hep-c blood test or anti-hcv test ?

What is the first test to know hep-c , is it normal hep-c blood test or anti-hcv test ?

HCV antibody test: The first test for hepatitis c is an antibody test. If it is positive, the next is a test for the virus itself, called a viral load or hcv RNA test. If the virus is detected, this person has chronic infection. But 25% of people will spontaneously clear the infection, so hcv antibody does not equal chronic infection. If chronic hepatitis c infection is found, see a specialist for next steps. ...Read more

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What is a normal tumor marker AFP test in a hep c patient?

What is a normal tumor marker AFP test in a hep c patient?

No specific level: AFP is used in the surveillance for liver cancer in patients with liver cirrhosis irrespective of cause. Its done every 6 months along with ultrasound of the liver. A normal range is less than 10. A level greater than 10 does not mean that there is liver cancer especially in persons with liver disease, that is why serial measurements are done. A liver mass plus elevated AFP is more concerning. ...Read more

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All blood work was normal but hep c was positive. Can I still have liver cancer?

See a specialist: You're unlikely to have liver cancer, though your long term risk may be higher. You need to find out more about the hepatitis c. Is it active (hcv RNA positive)? Is there evidence of fibrosis or cirrhosis (liver ultrasound, biopsy)? How treatable is it (hcv genotype, il28 genotype)? ...Read more

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Hi I have hep c i just got lab results my ALT and AST are normal they was high what that means am i better?

Hi I have hep c i just got lab results my ALT and AST are normal they was high what that means am i better?

Hep C: Liver funtion tests may go up and down, what is really necessary to know is how high is the hep c viral load, or does the liver has sign of cirrhosis, is the hep c one of the genotypes that can be easly treated ? Some people who are infected with hep c get rid of the virus spontaneously therefore will have an undetected viral load and normal lft also. Ask doctor to check viral load. ...Read more

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How long does it take for cirrhosis to happen drinking with high ALT & ast? No hep c, 27yo male, drinking 7 years, all other numbers normal

How long does it take for cirrhosis to happen drinking with high ALT & ast? No hep c, 27yo male,  drinking 7 years,  all other numbers normal

Can happen quickly: Even at your young age, extensive alcohol consumption can sicken the liver to the point of cirrhosis even in a very short span of time (like 7 years). Moderation and potentially complete abstinence may be your only hope to prevent this serious condition. Good luck. ...Read more

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If your sgpt and sgot whatever the 2 liver things show on cbc, were once high and now are normal, I have hep c , does that mean that they recovered?

If your sgpt and sgot whatever the 2 liver things show on cbc, were once high and now are normal, I have hep c , does that mean that they recovered?

Possibly: Liver enzymes are evaluated with a panel called a CMP, and individual function tests can be added on A general CBC will not specifically give information about liver function. You can be cautiously optimistic about Hepatitis C remission with normal enzymes, but liver enzymes can also appear normal before they become low as a result of progressive liver failure. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more