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I have early fibrosis and lifelong HCV. Can recurring, intermittent splenomegaly be caused by HCV alone? Or does it need evaluation? No other symptoms

I have early fibrosis and lifelong HCV. Can recurring, intermittent splenomegaly be caused by HCV alone? Or does it need evaluation? No other symptoms

Splenomegaly: Possibly portal hypertension which is a result of fibrosis/cirrhosis. Can also be mono or HIV, rare parasitic/fungal/ bacterial infections, abnormal hemoglobin or metabolic/autoimmune diseases ( but then it is constantly enlarged) and rarely tumors like lymphoma again that would be constant. Duplex ultrasound/ spectral color/ power doppler can image. Discuss with MD?GI ...Read more

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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What causes false positive HCV antibody test results?

What causes false positive HCV antibody test results?

Misinformed?: Who told you that your hep c test was false? If you have no viral load that means you cleared an infection. Are you sure you are getting the right advice? ...Read more

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Generally, what causes HCV antibody screenings to be false positive? A recent one was "reactive" & I'm not in a risk group. Could it be inaccurate?

Generally, what causes HCV antibody screenings to be false positive? A recent one was "reactive" & I'm not in a risk group.  Could it be inaccurate?

Need confirmation: A positive test for hep C antibody does not necessarily mean you have active hep c infection. It is possible that you were exposed to hep c in the past and your body cleared it. Need a viral load to confirm active infection. ...Read more

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What are the causes of anti-hcv inconclusive results if the window period has already passed? Then 2 negatives after past 6 months?

What are the causes of anti-hcv inconclusive results if the window period has already passed? Then 2 negatives after past 6 months?

Antibody cross-: reactivity may produce inconclusive results. To be sure you should get a nucleic acid test for Hep C and if that is negative that would mean that you do not have Hep C infection. ...Read more

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What is the cause of HBV or hcv?

What is the cause of HBV or hcv?

Those ARE the causes: The causes of HBV and hcv are hepatitis b virus (hbv) and hepatitis c virus (hcv), respectively. But maybe you're asking how they're spread. Hbv is spread in a manner similar to hiv: sex and blood contact, including sharing needles and syringes. Hcv is spread mostly through blood contact (sharing needles), though it can sometimes be transmitted through sex. ...Read more

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I have a rash in crease of both butt cheeks. I'm very sweaty and active for long periods every day. Could this be the cause or is it HCV or something?

I have a rash in crease of both butt cheeks. I'm very sweaty and active for long periods every day. Could this be the cause or is it HCV or something?

Rashes: Fist hcv is hepatitis c. Hepatitis c does not cause rashes. It is a liver problem. Rashes on our buttocks are usually a fungal or yeast infection. If you have not tried the over the counter yeast treatments that is where i would have you start. ...Read more

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Resolved HCV 12 years RNA neg. Recent normocytic anemia, normal WBC norml -immature gran abs .037% resid. Hcv cause high ig? Or is marrow more likely?

Resolved HCV 12 years RNA neg. Recent normocytic anemia, normal WBC norml -immature gran abs .037% resid. Hcv cause high ig? Or is marrow more likely?

Not likely HCV: It would be very unusual for active hcv infection to cause immature wbc. Anemia definitely is seen in active hepatitis or with advanced liver disease. If not a reaction to an acute infection or inflammation, immature granulocytes usually point to a bone marrow issue. ...Read more