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What is the life expetancy of chronic hepatitis b patient?

What is the life expetancy of chronic hepatitis b patient?

Quite variable: Some have very indolent, low grade infection with little liver damage and those have an essentially normal life span. Others have much more inflammation in their livers that lead to scarring, cirrhosis and possibly liver cancer. Early intervention in these latter cases can prevent a bad outcome. Many people with chronic hbv die with it, not of it. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is chronic hepatitis b something you will have for the rest of your life?

I wanted to know is chronic hepatitis b something you will have for the rest of your life?

Hep B recovery: The course of hepatitis B may be extremely variable. Hepatitis B virus infection has different clinical manifestations and outcomes depending on the patient’s age at infection and immune status, and the stage at which the disease is recognized. Approximately 2% of people with chronic infection recover. ...Read more

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Can you live a long life with the chronic hepatitis b virus?

Can you live a long life with the chronic hepatitis b virus?

Chronic active Hep: Chronic active hepatitis b can now be treated. Long term infection can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and to liver cancer. See a hepatologist or infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Will chronic hepatitis b shorten my life span if I'm being treated with no liver damage?? Please help I am only 23 and am worrying myself sick

Will chronic hepatitis b shorten my life span if I'm being treated with no liver damage?? Please help I am only 23 and am worrying myself sick

Hepatitis: Hepatitis B is treatable with antiviral medications. Since you've been told that you have no liver damage, your prognosis for normal lifespan is good. Your treating physician can answer your question best, however. ...Read more

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Can I eat curdle in chronic hepatitis b?

Can I eat curdle in chronic hepatitis b?

Yes: In the Indian subcontinent, "curd" is widely used to refer to what is known as "yogurt". If that is what you are referring to, then the answer is, Yes. This will not affect your liver. ...Read more

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Can you die fast from chronic hepatitis b?

Can you die fast from chronic hepatitis b?

Not fast: The fact that one has "chronic" hepatitis B means that you have had it long enough, at least 6 months, to be labeled chronic. It means the hepatitis B virus has not cleared from your system & you remain infected & infectious to others. The disease has a long, slow course in most people; rapid changes seldom occur. Treatment is available to help prevent liver cancer & cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What herbs are good for chronic hepatitis b?

What herbs are good for chronic hepatitis b?

Not known: There are not many herbs to help hepatitis. Pleasediscuss withyou treating physician. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for chronic hepatitis b?

Is there a cure for chronic hepatitis b?

Yes and no: Most adult onset cases are acute and never become chronic ("get it, got it, had it"). Patients have essentially cleared infection, and remain immune.
95% of infections at birth (endemic regions for chronic carriers, e.g. Far east, africa, middle east) become and stay chronic.
Depending on genotype, viral load, other factors patients may have better responses to meds to decrease, if not clear inf. ...Read more

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What is functional cure for chronic hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B: You need to be seen and evaluated by an infectious diseases expert or a hepatologist. This may or may not require treatment, and there are new agents available with which to manage this. Go and get seen and assessed before severe liver damage occurs. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can antiviral medication treat chronic hepatitis b?

Can antiviral medication treat chronic hepatitis b?

Yes: There are currently 6 available antiviral medications for hepatitis b. Viread is the most common and Baraclude (entecavir) is also a first line therapy. Most of these medications only need to be taken once per day and have minimal side effects. ...Read more

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What to do if I have chronic hepatitis b e- antigen negative disease?

Sag +ve?: Depends on your liver enzymes, viral load and degree of fibrosis (if any). if you have known chronic hep B, you should be seeing a hepatologist regularly, getting liver cancer screening etc. ...Read more

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I am diagnosed with chronic hepatitis b, would it lead to serious medical procedure and situation in the fuure? Because my cmpany I am working is worry

Hepatitis B: Yes, but hepatitis b is now treatable. I would hope that you have medical advisors that are getting your hepatitis b controlled, relieving your liver of the stress it has to have been under, and getting you to a state of health that you do not need to worry about your future. ...Read more

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Is there an effective treatment for chronic hepatitis b?

Is there an effective treatment for chronic hepatitis b?

There R few options: Current treatment for chronic hepatitisb is decent/good and is improving as we speak, but no difinitive treatment exists at this time. Since you are young and presumably healthy without evidence of liver damage, your chance of a good out come is good, but not 100%. There are few options for treatment. Consult your doc for eval/discuss to see which is best for your situation. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I have a chronic hepatitis b infection, should I be on medication?

Maybe: Chronic hepatitis b may need to be treated, it depends on a variety of factors...Too complex to fully discuss on this board! You need to see a specialist in liver disease, get your labs done, including what is called a viral load, and liver tests as well as tests for various hepatitis b markers, and then have the specialist review your individual case and what they recommend, and why... ...Read more

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How dangerous is chronic hepatitis b?

How dangerous is chronic hepatitis b?

Dangerous: Chronic hep b may lead to liver cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer, all of which can cause death. ...Read more

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What r markers for chronic hepatitis b?

A few: Positive hep b sag, high viral load, elevated alt level. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chronic hepatitis b?

What are the symptoms of chronic hepatitis b?

Chronic Hepatitis B: No symptoms necessarily associated. Perhaps fatigue and if progression to cirrhosis may result in easy bleeding, jaundice, abdominal distension. ...Read more

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What does "chronic hepatitis b carrier" mean?

What does "chronic hepatitis b carrier" mean?

Long term infection: It means being infected for more than 6 months. I use the term carrier to mean someone with no liver inflammation but some people include the whole spectrum of chronic infection. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of chronic hepatitis b?

Virus at early age: Hep b: common (world-wide) viral infection, commonly obtained at birth from mom who is chronic carrier (probably got it at birth from her mother). Adult onset (usually blood transmission, less likely sexual): better chance of being only acute, not chronic. "dose" of exposure, genotype, immune response all play a role. Can rx. Chr inf can lead to more liver problems, incl. Cirrhosis, failure, ca. ...Read more

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What can I do if I'm suffering from chronic hepatitis b?

What can I do if I'm suffering from chronic hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B: First thing you will want to do is to speak with your primary care provider who can refer you to the appropriate specialist (usually an infectious disease specialist).

Several blood test will need to be done to determine if you need treatment. Not everyone needs to be treated right away. ...Read more

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Are there any approved drugs to treat chronic hepatitis b?

Yes, but....: There are drugs used to treat chronic hepatitis b infections, but not everyone needs, or should, be on them. This is too complicated to fully discuss on this board, you need to see a liver specialist, or infectious disease specialist, to review your individual situation, and then make appropriate recommendations. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute and chronic hepatitis b?

What is the difference between acute and chronic hepatitis b?

Time course: One has to have acute hepatitis b before it becomes chronic hepatitis b. Fifty percent of patients that have acute hepatitis b clear the virus in 1 years time. However, if after 1 year, the virus is still present, then it is considered to be chronic. There are no fda approved medications for acute hepatitis b, but there are several fda approved medications for chronic hepatitis b. ...Read more

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Has anyone with chronic hepatitis b manage to cure it completely?

Has anyone with chronic hepatitis b manage to cure it completely?

No: Hepatitis b virus gets into the nucleus of liver cells, and its genetic information replicates when the liver cell does. So far, we don't know how to get that dna out of liver cells. Fortunately, many people are able to completely control hepatitis b with their own immune systems. If not, doctors may decide to put people on antiviral medications to stop the hepatitis b from making copies of itself. ...Read more

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If I recently found out that my boyfriend has chronic hepatitis b, will I get it?

Immunized?: If you have been successfully immunized against hepatitis b, you are immune. There is a good deal of variability in how infectious someone is with chronic HBV which does transmit sexually in some circumstances. ...Read more

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I was diagnose with chronic hepatitis b way back 2005, I don't take any medication since then... What is the possibility that I can be cured?

I was diagnose with chronic hepatitis b way back 2005, I don't take any medication since then... What is the possibility that I can be cured?

Can be treated: Chronic hepatitis b can be treated with fda approved medications, but cure rates vary. Seek out the consultation of a liver specialist (hepatologist) to further investigate your treatment options. ...Read more

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Can you get rid of chronic hepatitis b?

No: You generally don't get rid of chronic hepatitis b, but you can keep it permanently suppressed with medications. ...Read more

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Sir can I drink glucose in chronic hepatitis b?

Sir can I drink glucose in chronic hepatitis b?

Why not?: Not sure I understand whether your consumption of sugar water is for pleasure or you expect it to have therapeutic benefit here? Please clarify the point of your question-- ...Read more

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What tests will be used to monitor my chronic hepatitis b?

Hep B tests: Liver function tests, hep b viral dna load. Sometimes hep b eag/ab too depending upon type of hep b you have. ...Read more

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Can having chronic hepatitis b mean that I most likely have hiv?

Absolutely NOT: They are 2 completely separate infections. I would recommend getting tested for HIV as if present, prognosis for hep b is worse. But there are lots of people with just chronic hep b infection. It is not so bad as long as you get regular f/u and treatment if liver affected. ...Read more

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Can chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis infection?

Possible: For reasons that we do not yet understand a small percentage of hepatitis B carriers do clear the infection. Unless it is cleared hepatitis B carriers can transmit infection through sexual activity and blood exchange. ...Read more

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Help! I've been having chronic hepatitis b how dangerous is this virus?

Needs follow up: It can lead to liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. it can be controlled with medications. Seek assistance from your gastroenterologist / hepatologist ...Read more

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Does having chronic hepatitis b means death sentence for me? Please let me know cause im panicking

Don't panic!: No, it does not mean a death sentence! I will be honest up front - chronic hepatitis B does increase your risk of developing liver cirrhosis (scarring), liver failure and liver cancer. However, that does not mean you will, and they generally take many, many years to develop. It is important to follow-up with your physician for regular testing and educate yourself - see http://www. Hepb. Org! ...Read more

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Chronic hepatitis b inactive carrier father. What are chances for transmission to wife and baby?

Hepatitis b transmit: The likelihood of becoming infected with HBV grows with the number of sexual partners a person has. Thus, promiscuous individuals are more likely to get HBV. Although I couldn't find an exact number for HBV, only approximately 2% of long-term, monogamous, sexual partners of HCV-infected people also test positive for HCV. HBV is probably similar. ...Read more

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Is hepsera (adefovir) good for chronic hepatitis b?

Yes: It is one of many medications used in treating hepatitis b, though not a first choice of many. ...Read more

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Is hepsera (adefovir) effective for treating chronic hepatitis b?

Is hepsera (adefovir) effective for treating chronic hepatitis b?

Yes: Adefovir does have HBV activity. I had poor experiences in using it as a HIV drug but the dose was higher for HIV so there was more toxicity ...Read more

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What are the chances of hepatocellular carcinoma if you have chronic hepatitis b?

What are the chances of hepatocellular carcinoma if you have chronic hepatitis b?

Increased: Chronic hepatitis virus can increase a person's risk for developing hepatocellular carcinoma. It does not mean that everyone with hepatitis gets cancer. Cirrhosis and other liver damage is more common from the hepatitis virus. ...Read more

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Could a chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis B infection?

Yes.: It is possible. The rate of clearance is low - maybe 1% per year or so. The diagnosis of the inactive carrier state and clearance can both be tricky so be sure you are speaking with someone knowledgeable about Chronic Hep B. ...Read more

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