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Can hep b and hep c be transmitted sexually?

Can hep b and hep c be transmitted sexually?

Yes: Hepatitis b is very easy to transmit sexually. Hepatitis c is harder, but it happens. We are beginning to see cases of sexual transmission among gay men, probably from rough or inadequately lubricated anal sex or fisting, since some blood contact is usually required. ...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


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Hepatitis b and c with low platlet count?

Hepatitis b and c with low platlet count?

Cirrhosis ...: You need to contact your doctor pronto. When your platelets start dropping your liver may be decompensating meaning not functioning as well as it could. You could develop bleeding complications. ...Read more

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Hep c cause Cirrhosis stage 4grade1 treatment cured from hep c, Can Cirrhosis still progress and keep scarring the liver after been clear from hep c?

Hep c cause Cirrhosis stage 4grade1 treatment cured from hep c, Can Cirrhosis still progress and keep scarring the liver after been clear from hep c?

Yes: Unfortunately cirrhosis is an irreversible process and some of the inflammatory activity that leads to scarring of the liver may proceed in absence of the virus (autoimmune mechanism). However, getting rid of the virus at least removes the initial or major cause of inflammation and thus may slow down the entire process ...Read more

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Can u get hep c or HIV from sharing drink bottle and is hep c curable?

Can u get hep c or HIV from sharing drink bottle and is hep c curable?

Family practice : Hep c and HIV is not contacted from sharing glasses. Needs blood or body secretion exposure. Hep c is treated by interferon injections which is 50 percent effective. Hiv has no cure. You may take a combination of medications which can suppress it. ...Read more

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Chronic hepatitis C do solvadi and ribavirin cause liver pain?

Chronic hepatitis C do solvadi and ribavirin cause liver pain?

No: Liver pain is generally not a frequently cited side effect of either of these medications. The sustained response rate for Sovaldi with or without ribavirin is 90+ percent for most of the common types of hepatitis C. You should discuss this with your gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to increase albumin, having hep c and cirohsis.

First things first: If the hep c is amendable to treatment, that would be the best way to do. Coffee may help. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C cause liver failure?

Can hepatitis C cause liver failure?

Absolutely: Hepatitis c is the number one reason people need a liver transplant in the us. It is estimated that about a third of people with hepatitis c will eventually develop severe liver damage. But it can take 20 to 40 years for cirrhosis to develop. The most important things to do are to stop drinking alcohol and discuss your need for treatment, taking into account all the new drugs in development. ...Read more

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Will hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

Will hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

Immune deficiency: If you are asking whether this acts like hiv, the answer is no. Patients who have developed severe liver disease from hep c may be more prone to some forms of infection and secondary malignancy, but not aware of a specific immune function which is inhibited by this virus. ...Read more

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What treatments for hepatitis C and hepatitis b?

What treatments for hepatitis C and hepatitis b?

Complicated: New and more effective treatments available. Oral meds for hep b; currently oral meds plus interferon injection for hep c. Complicated details depending on genotype, viral load, level of liver tests, markers, liver biopsy findings. Talk with your doc. ...Read more

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I HAVE CHRONIC HEP C AND ELEVATED LIVER AND KIDNEY ENZYMES IS THIS FATAL?

I HAVE CHRONIC HEP C AND ELEVATED LIVER AND KIDNEY ENZYMES IS THIS FATAL?

Impossible to tell: You will need to follow up with your GI DR closely and follow their instructions Impossible to give you any other response, without knowing you full medical history, labs-complete, and a physical exam ...Read more

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Elevated liver enzyme with normal other liver function and normal ultrasound and negative hepatitis b and c virus ??

Elevated liver enzyme with normal other liver function and normal ultrasound and negative hepatitis b and c virus ??

2 thoughts:: A common cause of asymptomatic elevations in liver enzymes is fatty liver(Non alcoholic fatty liver disease: NAFLD). This is very common in obesity and is considered to be part of the metabolic syndrome. Ultrasound will be "normal" (i.e. falsely negative) in 17% of patients with NAFLD. A less common cause=choledocholithiasis(stones in common bile duct). Often missed on ultrasound. Can be asymptom ...Read more

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Is hep c curable?

Is hep c curable?

Yes: There are multiple newer medications available to treat C. now, which can cure the disease. They are generally oral medications, taken for 8 to 24 weeks, and have greater than 90% success rate in curing the disease. They have very few side effects, although they are very expensive. If you have risk factors, be sure to get tested. Good luck! ...Read more

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How is hepatitis b and c borne in the blood?

How is hepatitis b and c borne in the blood?

The viruses: Are present in the plasma part of the blood. ...Read more

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How does hepatitis C lead to liver cancer? 

HCC Risk with HCV: Hepatitis c (hcv) infection leads to liver inflammation and liver scarring. Advanced liver scarring is also called cirrhosis. Patients with hcv and cirrhosis are at a higher risk for liver cancer and should be screened by their physicians for liver cancer. Patients with successful eradication of their hcv and cirrhosis will need to continue liver cancer screening. ...Read more

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Does hepatitis C lead to liver cancer? How?

Yes, it can.: Any type of long-standing irritation to the liver can cause cancer. These types of irritation include iron overload, alcohol overuse, and yes, hepatitis exposure. Basically, the body attacks cells with the hepatitis c virus inside. The body heals, and when this happens many times over the years, the new liver cells are disorganized in how they grow, to the point that they form cancer. ...Read more

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I have "untreatable end stage hep c and cirrhosis, meld 19, i'm just getting maintenance meds. No?

Talk to liver doc: Meld of 19 for most is mild-moderate on the spectrum of 'end-stage' cirrhosis with regards to prognosis. Since your were told untreatable it might be due to degree of cirrhosis or other factors, your doctor can explain further, including why may not be a liver transplant candidate. Maintenance meds would then be to control symptoms of the disease, you should ask for palliative care support also. ...Read more

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I have hep c. Also cirrhosis of the liver. I am very tired and can hardly function . What can I do?

I have hep c. Also cirrhosis of the liver. I am very tired and can hardly function . What can I do?

Many things: You already abstain from alcohol! sleep 8 hours. Eat enough protein: 1/2 gram per pound of body weight daily. Alpha lipoic acid, phosphatidyl choline, coenzyme q10, b vitamins, milk thistle and n-acetyl cysteine are all valuable liver supports. You may want to have your doctor evaluate your ammonia level. There are medications to help if that is elevated as often occurs in cirrhosis. ...Read more

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With hep c and cirrhosis, I have serious vomiting every 4 months, what causes the vomiting and what can I do do prevent it.

If you can afford it: Go and see dr berkson ([email protected]) he has an excellent program for hep c. He is an old friend and i know his superb medical record. ...Read more

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My husband has hep c and cirrhosis stage 4 since 2003 he is getting his liver tapped today.He is on lasiks 3 times a day at 4o mg a pop. His liver and?

My husband has hep c and cirrhosis stage 4 since 2003 he is getting his liver tapped today.He is on lasiks 3 times a day at 4o mg a pop. His liver and?

What is the ?: Cirrhosis represents scarring of the liver. It is usefully classified as child's (or child-pugh) class a, b or c. This has nothing to do with hep c as such. Tapping fluid (ascites) suggests it is class b or c and often indicates there is poor fluid and salt management. Lasix (furosemide) needs only once daily therapy. 120 of Lasix (furosemide) usually requires spironolactone to counter the k+ loss (often in a 40:100 ratio). ...Read more

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Is fatty liver the first step nearing cirrhosis? Would it be like fatty liver hep c then cirrhosis? ? If you drink heavy every day for 10 year?

Is fatty liver the first step nearing cirrhosis?  Would it be like fatty liver hep c then cirrhosis? ?  If you drink heavy every day for 10 year?

Liver disease: Hepatitis C is a specific virus which is implicated in liver disease. Liver disease can be caused by a variety of factors, including diet, medication, alcohol, genetics, and infection (e.g. Hep C). Fatty liver disease can be potentially reversed if you are able to treat. Cirrhosis is thought to be irreversible. Cirrhosis often starts with fatty liver disease. Seek help for heavy drinking. ...Read more

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My blood test came back with my ast-253 alt-217 and alk phos-145.0 are these readings dangerously high? I have hep c and cirrhosis of the liver

My blood test came back with my ast-253 alt-217 and alk phos-145.0 are these readings dangerously high? I have hep c and cirrhosis of the liver

These : These lab results are consistent with your condition, and indicate an advanced disease process. You need to be followed closely by your doctor. If you have abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin, vomiting blood, etc. Present to the er at once. Otherwise continue to follow up with your doctor and avoid alcohol, fatty foods, and foods with high salt content. Also avoid tylenol (acetaminophen) and advil. Take care. ...Read more

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Hep c cause Cirrhosis stage 4grade1 treatment cured from hep c, Can Cirrhosis still progress and keep scarring the liver after been clear from hep c?

Yes: Unfortunately cirrhosis is an irreversible process and some of the inflammatory activity that leads to scarring of the liver may proceed in absence of the virus (autoimmune mechanism). However, getting rid of the virus at least removes the initial or major cause of inflammation and thus may slow down the entire process ...Read more

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My partner has Hep C ,cirrhosis and liver cancer we just found out today his bilrubin level is 34 just how bad is that?

Bad: You need to safeguard your health. Get tested to see if you have Hep C. There are effective treatments for Hep C infection and you should make sure you protect your health. ...Read more

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I have Hep "C" & cirrhosis.Now have chronic stomach pain.How can I treat stomach pain,throat & vocal cord discomfort.ENT has prescribed me .famotidine?

I have Hep "C" & cirrhosis.Now have chronic stomach pain.How can I treat stomach pain,throat &  vocal cord discomfort.ENT has prescribed  me .famotidine?

You need: To see a gastroenterologist. Liver cirrhosis may lead varices and portal hypertension and liver congestion may lead to stomach pain. Treatment may include medications to reduce portal hypertension and treatment of hepatitis C ...Read more

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Is marijuana harmful if you have hep c and b and cirrhosis?

Is marijuana harmful if you have hep c and b and cirrhosis?

Won't get transplant: I'm not saying it makes sense, but in some jurisdictions, you can be taken off the list for liver transplantation solely because you use -- or even have used -- marijuana. I am not making this up. This is "politics as usual." and this is in contrast to how having ruined your liver doing alcohol in the first place and being very likely to revert -- you can still get your transplant. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for hep virus c cirrhosis?

Is there a treatment for hep virus c cirrhosis?

Yes: The full answer is yes and no. The treatment depends on multifactos including type of hepatitis c, stage of cirrhosis. Treatment option varies. It could be from medication alone or transplant in selected cases. ...Read more

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33 yr old hep c 5 yr will i get cirrhosis if no meds ect in like 25 yrs? Everything is low and treatable.

33 yr old hep c 5 yr will i get cirrhosis if no meds ect in like 25 yrs?  Everything is low and treatable.

25% chance: If for some reason, you did not want treatment for hcv for the next 25 years as treatment got easier and more effective at curing the infection, you would have about a 25% chance of developing cirrhosis. Higher risk if you drink alcohol. Keep up with the latest data on new treatments. This disease is being transformed. ...Read more

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How bad is cirrhosis of the liver from hep c? Should I be angry at ex?

Tx for Hep C: Unfortunately it is bad. The good news is that in few months medicines would cure or eliminate the virus. Make sure you discuss treatment with a liver specialist, a gastoenterologist or infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Should neksium 40mg be given to patients suffering from liver cirrhosis, hep c, if yes for how long ?

Should neksium 40mg be given to patients suffering from liver cirrhosis, hep c, if yes for how long 
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It depends: The dose is usually no more than 20 mg a day in people whose liver isn't working well due to cirrhosis. If neksium is being given for occasional heartburn, perhaps talk to your doctor about positioning at night, changing diet, and other non-medication interventions. If you have esophagitis (inflammation) then you might need it every day. It is worth talking to your doctor about alternatives. ...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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I need life expectancy for liver cirrhosis. He has hep c with an enlarged liver and fluid around it.

I need life expectancy for liver cirrhosis. He has hep c with an enlarged liver and fluid around it.

Difficult to say: With the approval of the latest round of hep C medicines, hep C has become a potentially treatable illness, sometimes even in the face of known cirrhosis. He needs to see a good hepatologist ASAP. In the meantime, no alcohol, tylenol, (acetaminophen) or shellfish. Good luck. ...Read more

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My father's liver is fibrotic. He's had hep C for many years but now it's cured. Does he have cirrhosis? What's life expectancy?

My father's liver is fibrotic. He's had hep C for many years but now it's cured. Does he have cirrhosis? What's life expectancy?

Well : Fibrosis implies Cirrhosis of the liver. The best thing is to get staging advice from a gastroenterologist liver specialist we cannot give exact life expectancy,Life expectancy is shortened by any chronic significant illness like chronic liver disease or cirrhosis
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I have cirrhosis of the liver. the Doc. says stage 4 level 4. i also am waiting for new meds to come out in fall for hep c.Life expectancy is....?

Depends: how is your liver function? if your docs are suggesting waiting and not going for SIM/SOF now, then things can't be too dire. make sure you get regular screening for liver cancer and esophageal varices. if the HCV gets taken care of, may or may not need a transplant down the line. ...Read more

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Liver transplant with a platelet count of 31. I've had hep c for 25 years and now have cirrhosis. Will they operate on me with my platelets situation?

Liver transplant with a platelet count of 31. I've had hep c for 25 years and now have cirrhosis. Will they operate on me with my platelets  situation?

Maybe: Are you asking about whether you can have a liver transplant if your platelets are 31, 00? Or, have you had a liver transplant, and now your tranplanted liver is cirrhotic? In any case, the risks of any surgical procedure are balanced by the expected benefits. You need to make sure that you understand what the surgeon thinks are your risks and benefits given the totality of your situation. ...Read more

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My uncle has cirrhosis and hep c he drinks a 30 pack of beer everyday his face is swelled spots bruises on his arms how long will he live he is 55.

My uncle has cirrhosis and hep c he drinks a 30 pack of beer everyday his face is swelled spots bruises  on his arms how long will he live he is 55.

Not long: Untreated Hep C and alcohol abuse can cause cirrhosis, which can lead to liver failure requiring liver transplant. Also, Hep C is a risk factor for liver cancer. The facial swelling and bruises are already signs of liver failure. Based on your description, his health is rapidly declining. If your uncle wants to live, he needs to quit alcohol completely and get his Hep C treated by a liver doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

An infection caused by the hepatitis C virus that attacks the liver and ...Read more