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Doctor insights on: Complications Of Hepatitis C In Pregnancy

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Does hepatitis C during pregnancy cause itching all over the body?

HCV causes Itching: Pruritus (itching) is a symptom of hcv infection irrespective of the pregnancy state of the patient. If you are pregnant, have hcv infection and are currently experiencing pruritus, I strongly suggest you seek immediate medical attention as it might signify an exacerbation of your hcv condition with elevated negative medical consequences to you and the fetus. ...Read more

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Can there be complications with hepatitis C if I have cancer?

Can there be complications with hepatitis C if I have cancer?

Yes: Certain chemotherapy drugs can be toxic to the liver. If you have hep c and cirrhosis, than this will require specialized doses of chemotherapy for you. Additionally, chemo drugs that suppress the immune system can give other infections like viral hepatitis, a "green light" to become more active. Talk with your oncologist for details. ...Read more

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What are the chances of passing hepatitus c to a unborn child during pregnancy?

What are the chances of passing hepatitus c to a unborn child during pregnancy?

About 5-6%: The risk of perinatal transmission of hep c to a newborn is about 5-6% and occurs only for women who are hcv RNA positive at the time of delivery. ...Read more

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Is there a possibility of acquiring hepatitis e infection without getting prior infection of hav, HBV or hcv? What are major complcations of hev? Ty.

Is there a possibility of acquiring hepatitis e infection without getting prior infection of hav, HBV or hcv? What are major complcations of hev? Ty.

Unique RNA virus: ...With 4 genotypes, outbreaks of which have accounted for epidemics in europe in 18th ; 19th centuries, ; today in india and asia where the infection is endemic. Outbreaks have particularly high attack rates ; mortality among pregnant women. Fecal-oral transmission from person-to-person. See no chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, cancer but severe hepatitis with fulminant hepatic failure is possible. ...Read more

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34 weeks pregnant. AST=33, ALT=52; Hep A positive; Hep B and Hep C negative. Will my baby get infected? What will be complications in pregnancy?

34 weeks pregnant. AST=33, ALT=52; Hep A positive; Hep B and Hep C negative. Will my baby get infected? What will be complications in pregnancy?

Unsure: There are not many cases of hepatitis A being transmitted to the baby from the mom. Your liver function numbers are reassuring. Please discuss with your OB provider and whoever your child's provider will be. What is reassuring is that transmission from mom to baby is rare in the medical literature ...Read more

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Does hepatitis C have a cure?

Possibly: There are several treatments, but depending on the person and the strain of virus, not everyone is cured. ...Read more

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How can you contract hepatitis c?

How can you contract hepatitis c?

Contracting Hep C: Hepatitis C can be contracted by: Blood transfusions, IV drug use, vertical transmission (mother to child), sexual exposure, tattooing, Cocaine intranasal use, dialysis and needle stick injuries. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have hepatitis c?

Hep C: Jandice may occur (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). Abdominal pain, fever and weight loss are also seen. In the vast majority of cases people have no idea and are finding it incidentally. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have hepatitis c?

Blood test: Through a blood test that will check for antibodies. The sooner you know, the better. ...Read more

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What is typical cause for hepatitis c?

Body fluid exchange: The most common reason for a hepatitis c infection is due to body fluid exposure, especially blood (i.e. Transfusion). ...Read more

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What drug is used to treat hepatitis c?

What drug is used to treat hepatitis c?

2 new drugs: Within the last few month, 2 new drugs have come out that are in pill forms and FDA approved (without interferon injections) that cure hepatitis C in > 95% of patients. Talk to your liver doctor who can help determine if Harvoni or Viekira Pak is right for you, based on your medication insurance coverage. There are other medications out there depending on the strain of virus you have. ...Read more

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Common ways of hepatitis C transmission?

3 common ways: There are several ways to transmit. Blood transfusion and needle sharing are the 2 far most common. It can be transmitted by rough sex...But is much more difficult. Mothers may also transmit it to newborns during the birthing process. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of hepatitis c?

What are the main symptoms of hepatitis c?

HCV symptoms: Chronic hepatitis c is usually asymptomatic. Very rarely rashes, joint pains and worsening renal function can be a presentation apart from presentation of chronic liver disease. ...Read more

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How can I tell someone I have hepatitis c?

How can I tell someone I have hepatitis c?

Honesty: Hepatitis c is for the most part only passed by blood. Most patients acquired it via experimenting with drugs, blood transfusion or tattoos. You do not need to tell most of your friends that you have hepatitis c, but should probably tell sexual partners. ...Read more

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Can you explain how hepatitis C progresses?

Can you explain how hepatitis C progresses?

Slowly: Chronic hcv progressively causes inflammation and then scarring in the liver leading to cirrhosis. Other important issue is that it predisposes to hepatoma. ...Read more

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What are the available tests for hepatitis c?

Bloods/SONO/biopsy: Screen with eia (enz imm assay), confirm (+) with riba (recomb imm assay) and/or RNA (quantitative); genotype if (+) can determine duration of rx, and/or need for biopsy. Bloods for scarring/fibrosis are good at extremes, not in the middle. Sono (sound wave picture) can show anatomy/tumors. Biopsy looks at liver cells, to assess extent of inflammation, acute/chronic damage, help decision re: rx. ...Read more

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What are the drugs used to treat hepatitis c?

New drugs: Within the last few month, 2 new drugs have come out that are in pill forms and FDA approved (without interferon injections) that cure hepatitis C in > 95% of patients. Talk to your liver doctor who can help determine if Harvoni or Viekira Pak is right for you, based on your medication insurance coverage. There are other medications out there depending on the strain of virus you have. ...Read more

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


Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver ...Read more