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Hepatitis C Cirrhosis In Children
My 49 yr old son first became aware of high alt#'s in 2008. Tests have ruled out hepatitis c, cirrhosis, and a tumor. What else could cause this?
Some ideas: We want to rule out hemochromatosis first and foremost. Wilson's may still be a consideration even at his age. Autoimmune hepatitis is less likely, and antitrypsin deficiency less treatable, both could be tested for. I trust he did not drink or take any meds including Ibuprofen during the workup. Most likely is metabolic syndrome with a rx for aerobic fitness. ...Read more
Yes: It is usually diagnosed after finding elevated liver enzymes indicating injury. There are specific tests that find antibodies to the virus, and more specific tests that show how much virus is present in the body. Liver scans or ultrasounds can show if the liver is damaged and/or scarred. The ultimate gold-standard test is a liver biopsy, where a needle is inserted under imaging to get tissue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have hepatitis C stage four cirrhosis. My fillings have started dropping out. Is there a connection. ?
What should I do to help myself? I found out a few months ago that I have hepatitis C and some cirrhosis of liver. I'm still young and gave up alcohol and completely changed my diet. Please what can I do right now? Any help would be so appreciated.
Medical conditions such as hepatitis-C and cirrhosis of the liver can also cause inaccurate urine drug test results.
Depends: The amount of liver scarring someone has depends on a number of factors like how old they were when infected, how many years they have has hcv, and how much alcohol they drank. About 20% of men who have been infected for 20 years have cirrhosis and this increases to about 40-50% by 40 years. There are blood tests that can give an indication of whether you are likely to have cirrhosis now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HOPEFULLY NEVER: Roughly 20 yrs for Hep C to lead to cirrhosis. And cirrhosis is just a risk factor for liver cancer, not everyone with cirrhosis develops liver cancer. Most importantly is the fact that there are treatments to help eradicate Hep C and prevent cirrhosis and cancer. Recommendation is to see a Hepatologist - liver specialist. ...Read more
Diagnosed with hepatitis C virus then a week later diagnosed with cirrhosis, what should I do now? Party or get liver transplation?
Need further testing: Need for liver transplant depends on meld score (degree of jaundice-total bilirubin, and blood clotting-inr, kidney function-creatinine). This predicts 90 day risk of death. Score is from 6-40. If meld < 10-no need to evaluate, < 15- not eligible to be listed, 15-40-listable for transplant. Higher meld = sicker patient. Early liver cancer also transplantable. Liver cancer screening is a must! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My father has liver cirrhosis, 2 tumors on his liver, hepatitis c-chronic, and beginning liver failure. How long does he have if he keeps drinking?
Recently diagnosed with chronic hepatitis c, fibrosis, cirrhosis and renal disease.I need resources for alcohol treatment. Please and thank you?
Liver Disease: I am very proud of you for asking this question. Your health is at significant risk. It is time to stop drinking and it is easier with help. Without knowing much about your life my gut sense is that you need an inpatient program that also has a medical component to it. You have very good programs in california. The betty ford center is excellent. ...Read more
What is life expectancy for liver cancer stage 4, cirrhosis from hepatitis C and developed lung and spline cancer, age is 70 ?
Unpredictable: It is not possible to provide a time line as tumors and patients all behave differently. However, the clinical picture you provided is of a terminally ill patient. ...Read more
Liver cancer stage 4, cirrhosis from hepatitis C and developed lung and spleen cancer, age is 70 can chemotherapy be useful
Doubtful: But it never hurts to discuss this with an experienced oncologist (cancer doctor). Make sure, however, that you know the chances of response as well as the changes induced by the toxicity of the drugs, which may make you more miserable than the disease without changing your life-expectancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a reason to consider chemoembolization when a person has advanced cirrhosis, hepatitis C and blood clotting problems? Radiation has already been ruled out because of the location of the tumor on the liver. What we have read is that patients with
Chemoembolization: Chemoembolization is one of the many weapons we have to fight liver tumors. Advanced cirrhosis, hep c, and blood clotting problems are not in themselves contraindications for this procedure (although certain lab values such as bilirubin and inr/ platelets must be within a suitable range). You should discuss with an interventional oncologist to see whether it would be suitable for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cousin's husband has stage 4 liver cancer from cirrhosis due to alcoholism and hepatitis c. But no metastasis. Any hope for him?
Stage IVA: This is disease that's spread to be inoperable but no distant metastases. Maybe 10% of these folks are alive five years later. A cure is very unlikely even with science marching onward. Hope may come in the form of being surrounded by folks who love him, having a happy marriage (many of us never experience this), or (I hope) exchanging forgiveness and growing spiritually. ...Read more
I have a brother who has cirrohsis , hepatitis C and just got pneumonia he is a drug IV user and drinks and smokes is this very bad?
I have a 1.2cm hypoechoic nodule/leison on left lobe of my liver. I also had hepatitus c and completed treatment. Also have cirrhosis & fluid building?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Should neksium 40mg be given to patients suffering from liver cirrhosis, hep c, if yes for how long
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
With hep c and cirrhosis, I have serious vomiting every 4 months, what causes the vomiting and what can I do do prevent it.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My brother has hep. c and cirrhosis of the liver, stage 4, his pancreas is gone he has type 2 diabetes and his veins are turning purple..what now ?
Brother: Your brother has many problems but I am confident - I hope you are - that his doctors know how best to try and manage this. If your brother does not have a pancreas it is much more likely that he does not have type 2 diabetes but insulin deficiency requiring regular daily insulin. ...Read more
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
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