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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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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

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Are newborns in NJ tested for HIV, Hep b and hep c at birth?

Are newborns in NJ tested for HIV, Hep b and hep c at birth?

No: no . It's not routinely done , but if the pediatrician feels, it is needed it can be ordered . ...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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Can hep c cause peripherial neuropathy, and fibromyalgia?

Can hep c cause peripherial neuropathy, and fibromyalgia?

Can: Yes, hep c can cause a peripheral neuropathy. Fibromyalgia is a collection of symptoms, as you no doubt know. Those symptoms can be associated with many diseases. ...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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What is the difference between hepatitis C viral load and hepetitis c genotype?

What is the difference between hepatitis C viral load and hepetitis c genotype?

Numbers and type: Viral load refers to how many viral molecules can be detected in the blood. It gives an idea about how active the virus is and can be used to monitor response to therapy. Genotype refers to a test that can identify subtypes of hep c. Certain genotypes are more likely to respond to a given therapy, so this information can be useful in deciding in what treatment, if any, would be best. ...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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Can you answer, is hepatitis C antibodies the same as having hepatitis C infection?

Can you answer, is hepatitis C antibodies the same as having hepatitis C infection?

No: About 25% of people who have hcv antibodies, indicating that they were exposed to this virus, will have spontaneously cleared the infection through their immune response. The only way to know if you actually have active infection is to test for hcv RNA (viral load). If the RNA is detected the person has active infection and could have liver damage. ...Read more

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What medication should someone with hep c be taking regularly? Late stages of hep c.

What medication should someone with hep c be taking regularly? Late stages of hep c.

Cirrhosis?: Recommendations for people with hepatitis c and cirrhosis include avoiding all alcohol, vaccinations for hepatitis a and b if never exposed, ultrasound for liver cancer every six months, endoscopy to look for enlarged veins in the esophagus, limit tylenol (acetaminophen) and discuss all meds with your doctor, and develop a plan for treatment of hepatitis c. Regular doctor visits for monitoring are critical. ...Read more

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I have chronic hep c with a b viral load. What does b viral load mean?

I have chronic hep c with a b viral load. What does b viral load mean?

Not sure: I'm not sure. In people with hepatitis c we check hcv RNA (hepatitis c viral load). There's also a hepatitis b viral load (hbv dna)' but that has nothing to do with hepatitis c. Make sure you don't have both infections. ...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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Does lupus cause hepatitis C or b?

Does lupus cause hepatitis C or b?

No: Hepatitis c and b are caused by viruses. Lupus is autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your body. ...Read more

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My ANA Hep-2 Titer is >1280 Titer 1 and standard is <80 Titer 1. pattern is Centromere. I have lupus. Just how bad is this result? Common?

Lab tests: Both of these tests may be suggestive of lupus or other autoimmune conditions. However, the lab test are just 1 component of the overall assessment and does not by itself makes the diagnosis of lupus. I recommend seeing a rheumatologist and would be happy to consult if needed. ...Read more

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Sometimes oral temp normal while skin is fever? 12 weeks of 99.4-102.9 skin temp. 5 antib, blood work (lupus, hiv, hep, ra) neg. Day 7 of doxy tmp 101.2

Sometimes oral temp normal while skin is fever? 12 weeks of 99.4-102.9 skin temp. 5 antib, blood work (lupus, hiv, hep, ra) neg. Day 7 of doxy tmp 101.2

Well, that's a tough: One. You have a fever of uncertain origin, maybe. It seems as though you are checking it a lot though. I would stick with oral temp only. Do you feel bad? Chills, night sweats? Did u get chest x-ray? If not feeling bad and oral temps normal, i would try to get on with it. Cont abx but go just with oral, if normal consider that no fever if having no illness. Keep seeing doc though. ...Read more

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Pain in upper right back, inside rib cage. Gallbladder removed in 2010-dirreah, weight loss, night sweats. Enzymes over 810-neg for hep, lupus, wilson?

Pain in upper right back, inside rib cage. Gallbladder removed in 2010-dirreah, weight loss, night sweats. Enzymes over 810-neg for hep, lupus, wilson?

? retained stone: There are a number of tests, ultrasound, mrcp that you could have to rule out a retained or new primary gallstone in your bile ducts. If these are clear an ERCP may help. If it is not a stone then review your meds. Many things can affect the liver: tylenol, (acetaminophen) alcohol, cholesterol meds, etc. If nothing is found they may want to image your liver. ...Read more

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Hemoglobin dropped 9.8 to 8.9 in less than 2 mos. Iron, B12 ok, no hep, no hiv. Now being checked for lupus-already have psoriasis. If that's negative then do bone marrow biopsy. Is this really bad?

Hemoglobin dropped 9.8 to 8.9 in less than 2 mos. Iron, B12 ok, no hep, no hiv. Now being checked for lupus-already have psoriasis. If that's negative then do bone marrow biopsy. Is this really bad?

Check for bleeding: Occult blood loss can also cause HGB to drop as can unfortunately, some types of cancers. I don't mean to scare you but have you had an abdominal ultrasound, checked for hidden blood in stool, etc. If not, you should. Are you also fatigued or have any abnormalities? Ask doctor to be very diligent in your work up. Have you had an serum protein electrophoresis. You should have complete anemia check. ...Read more

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38 year old female fatigued, bloating, gas.Hx of fluctuating liver enzymes for almost 3 years. Gallbladder removed 1.5 years ago. ALT 61, Alkaline Phosphatase 154, globulin 3.9.Hep, ANA, lupus, rheumatoid all negative.Please help.Other suggestions?

38 year old female fatigued, bloating, gas.Hx of fluctuating liver enzymes for almost 3 years.  Gallbladder removed 1.5 years ago.  ALT 61, Alkaline Phosphatase 154, globulin 3.9.Hep, ANA, lupus, rheumatoid all negative.Please help.Other suggestions?

Possible celiac : Celiac disease remains a possibility with reported symptoms and liver function test abnormalities. An evaluation with a liver specialist may be needed for reviewing additional history and consideration for tests to rule out disorders of biliary tree, pancreas, and chronic liver diseases. ...Read more

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Smoke/alco free 15 months. New labs show high ldh + lipase; borderline low amylase + globulin. Already ruled out ibd, celiac, mono, hep, hiv, tb, lupus, ra. July ct=normal liver/kidneys/panc. Cancer?

Smoke/alco free 15 months. New labs show high ldh + lipase; borderline low amylase + globulin. Already ruled out ibd, celiac, mono, hep, hiv, tb, lupus, ra. July ct=normal liver/kidneys/panc. Cancer?

MRCP: Looks like you have pancreatitis, but if you have not had alcohol, need mrcp to see if there any pancreatic duct abnormalities. Need more info, were you drinking before and did you have multiple pancreatits before? Mrcp followed by eus would help. Ercp may be needed once acute episode is resolved, or if you find any stricture in the duct. ...Read more

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Hep c anti algorithm test was reactive, but did not show s/co ratio. Nurse claims it's "high reactive" but could not give the cutoff value. All labs have a s/co value why did this not. Was the nurse incorrect? she just said it was high w/o a ratio?

Does not add up: There is no Hep c anti algorithm test. If you got the actual test result, it should have the name and contact information of the laboratory that did the test and you may wish to contact the laboratory for an explanation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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What does it means when your paper file is showing hep c virus ab 0.1 s/ co ratio 0.0 - 0.9 and what can you about it?

Probably negative: What i understand from your question is that normal value of hepatitis c antibody is between 0.0 to 0.9. If your level is 0.1, which meaning it is negative. This indicates you have never been exposed to hepatitis c virus. ...Read more

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Can u treat all types of hep c?

Yes: Some types, like genotypes2 and 3 are easier to treat than genotype 1, the most common, and genotype 4. ...Read more

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What new drugs are their for hep c?

New Hep C drugs: There are 2 new (just over 1 year on the market) drugs known as protease inhibitors. Victrelis (boceprevir) is one and Incivek is the other. These are only approved for treatment of genotype 1 and either must still be used in conjunction with pegalated interferon and ribavirin. There is a 2nd gen protease inhibitor and a polymerase inhibitor currently in development. ...Read more

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How to tell if hep c is gettting worst?

Usually blood tests: If you can see/feel your HCV worsening, then it is significantly worse--and may present as jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin) and/or diffuse itchiness of skin. Usually periodic blood tests monitor how your liver is functioning until deemed stable, then checked less often. Talk to your Dr if worried. ...Read more

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I have geno type one hep.C, what is this?

I have geno type one hep.C, what is this?

Hepatitis C: Genotype 1 is the most common type of hep c, affecting 50% of people with this virus. It usually predicts a favorable response to treatment, which currently uses peginterferon and ribavirin. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hep c?

What is the definition or description of: hep c?

Viral infection: A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and increase risk of cancer. ...Read more

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I'm 34 and i want to have another baby and my husbands on methadon? And he has hep c

I'm 34 and i want to have another baby and my husbands on methadon? And he has hep c

You can have a baby: As long as you are not on Methadone and otherwise healthy and free from any serious medical condition, there is no reason why you can not have a baby see your obgyn doctor and get checked and good luck. ...Read more

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What is the scientific name for hep c?

What is the scientific name for hep c?

Hepatitis C: There is not another more scientific name that we use in medicine. The hepatitis viruses are just called hepatitis a, b, c, d, e. ...Read more

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Could Hep C cause elevated granulocytes?

Not by itself: Mild elevations in granulocytes are common. A cold water swim can raise to double-normal easily. Look for some other cause, or if it's mild and the granulocytes are well formed, don't worry. ...Read more

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Hepatitis C (Definition)

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