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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...Read more


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What is the life expectancy of someone who was chronic hepatitis C that doesn't get treated right away?

What is the life expectancy of someone who was chronic hepatitis C that doesn't get treated right away?

You : Can live a full life without issues with hep c. Eat healthy exercise and avoid all liver toxins and you can keep the hepatitis dormant. So talk to your doctor about the correct lifestyle changes and the different things you can do to protect yourself. ...Read more

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I have graves disease, hepatitis c, and the onset of liver failure which is excruciatingly painful. What is my life expectancy?

I have graves disease, hepatitis c, and the onset of liver failure which is excruciatingly painful.  What is my life expectancy?

See your doctor: I'm sorry to hear of your illnesses. However, your doctor is the best one to ask questions of this nature. S/he knows you and your entire situation, but we on healthtap have never even seen you. Life expectancy is quite variable with hepatitis c, as it can take multiple courses. Stopping alcohol would be a good step for anyone with hepatitis c. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy for liver cancer stage 4, cirrhosis from hepatitis C and developed lung and spline cancer, age is 70 ?

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

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Can I live a normal life with hepatitis c?

Can I live a normal life with hepatitis c?

Sure--need treatment: Hepatitis c is common, & nowadays there is excellent treatment for it in the form of "triple drug" therapy with expectation in most patients of cure (svr=sustained virologic response). The sooner the virus is killed off, the less damage your liver sustains. The drug combination is a prolonged course, & its side efffects are great. However, untreated hepatitis c leads to cirrhosis & liver cancer. ...Read more

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Can you have a normal life with hepatitis c?

Can you have a normal life with hepatitis c?

Yes: Yes, especially if you get cured, which is quite possible with the medications available today. ...Read more

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My sister is 35 and was diagnosed with stage 4 liver failure. She's had hepatitis C for a few years now..... What's her life span going to be now

My sister is 35 and was diagnosed with stage 4 liver failure. She's had hepatitis C for a few years now..... What's her life span going to be now

More info needed: Perhaps you mean your sister has cirrhosis? Does she really have liver failure? Life expectancy depends on how damaged someone's liver is, and what types of complications they have had. It is hard to predict what might happen to any one person though. I hope your sister is going to a doctor who has experience in advanced liver disease. This person can help her understand what to expect. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

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


Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

Hep C is also known as Hepatitis C. A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more