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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
My cousin who is addictted to drugs is an HCV patient for over 16 years, he never take any treatment before., will it be ok for him to take treatmnt now?
See physician : Those are not simple matters that can be answered over the net, your cousin need to see a physician for a full evaluation to see what his status is then decide on a course of action. ...Read more
Less invasive: Knowing the amount of inflammation and level of fibrosis in the liver can help in deciding what hepatitis therapy a patient needs. Though the liver biopsy is considered the gold standard, the newer generation of tests, when taken in clinical context, can estimate the amount of inflammation and level of fibrosis in the liver. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mother was an HCV patient who has acquired svr after therapy for the last 11 years. In the last 3 years she has psoriasis and she bleeds frequently. Can she be infectious to a household member?
Possibly: But unlikely. If she has sustained virologic response (?Svr?) there is nothing to transmit. If, however she still has virus in her system and bleeds onto an open wound in somebody else, that can transmit disease. This would be incredibly rare and virtually reportable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You should report any occupational exposure to body fluid to your employer and they should be able to assist you through an employee health service program. If this was not during work, then you should contact your physician for direction on what to do next, which likely will include lab testing. ...Read more
Not that I know: Milk thistle was reported to show some effect in a couple of small overseas studies but for hepatitis c failed a big study last year (reported in jama). It has some interesting effects and even a possible mechanism of action in hepatotoxicity that's been worked out, but don't spend too much money or get your hopes too high. ...Read more
If dental assistant puts hands on her chair with each patient, can HCV be spread(she handles all utensils)?Is her chair usually cleaned between pt's?
Depends.: Hepatits c virus (hcv) is diagnosed with an antibody against hcv (anti hcv ab) and not by pcr. Some number of patients are able to clear initial hcv infection: they will have positive hcv ab and persistently not detected hcv pcr. Hcv pcr tells you what the burden of hcv is in the blood stream as it detects hcv rna. ...Read more
My father is diabatic patient now he has HCV positive , in his reports sgot 196 , sgpt 307 and glucose random 275 .Kindaly tell me is this recoverable?
Yes: However, Dad has a lot of work to do with his physician. Hep C is now curable if the weird politics and econimics makes it possible. Diabetes is manageable if the patient is willing to work hard. It would be fantastic if you took up a family fitness program and helped Dad get back into great shape. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer