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Hepatitis C And Neupogen
Hep B vaccine: You should be vaccinated against hepatitis a & b. Unfortunately there is not yet a vaccine for c. The more common cause of cld is non-alcoholic steatorrheic (or fatty liver), but there are several other causes for which you should be evaluated, several of them uncommon, but need exclusion. See a GI doctor with interest in liver disease. ...Read more
Can hepatitis b vaccine taken when sgot and sgpt values are high and test for hep b non reactive ?
Yes: The vaccine does not affect the liver. It involves the immune system which produces antibodies to protect against hep b and prevent further damage to the liver. ...Read more
First things first: If the hep c is amendable to treatment, that would be the best way to do. Coffee may help. ...Read more
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
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
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
What causes the hepatitis b and c virus? Like mosquitoes causes malaria, what causes hepatitis b and c virus
I have anemia from ongoing hep c tx. May need procrit (epoetin alfa) injection. Any dietary advice to build up hemoglobin levels and red/white cell counts?
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
No: no . It's not routinely done , but if the pediatrician feels, it is needed it can be ordered . ...Read more