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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

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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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 someone with stage 4 kidney disease, hepatitis c, diabetes and not making enough red cells? My aunt is 47.

What is life expectancy for someone with stage 4 kidney disease, hepatitis c, diabetes and not making enough red cells? My aunt is 47.

Of all the diseases: You mention, hepatitis c is probably most deadly, but it depends on severity of disease. Kidney failure can be treated with dialysis, diabetes with insulin, and anemia with transfusions. But liver failure can only be treated with transplant. ...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?

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 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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How does hepatitis C affect your brain function? I was diagnosed in 2008 but i've been depressed all my life and no anti depressants have helped me

How does hepatitis C affect your brain function? I was diagnosed in 2008 but i've been depressed all my life and no anti depressants have helped me

Can be quite serious: 50% + of hepatitis c patients experience cognitive impairment - some call it "brain fog". Severity varies and i'm not aware of it's duration. It's also very common to develop depression - i'm not sure what it does if depression is present first. You might do well to investigate the new powerful anti-viral drug combo available. You don't say your type/stage, but see a specialist. I hopetx may help. ...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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Does hepatitis C have a cure?

Does hepatitis C have a cure?

Possibly: There are several treatments, but depending on the person and the strain of virus, not everyone is cured. ...Read more

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How can you contract hepatitis c?

How can you contract hepatitis c?

Contracting Hep C: Hepatitis C can be contracted by:
Blood transfusions, IV drug use, vertical transmission ( mother to child), sexual exposure, tattooing, Cocaine intranasal use, dialysis and needle stick injuries.
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How do I know if I have hepatitis c?

Hep C: Jandice may occur (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). Abdominal pain, fever and weight loss are also seen. In the vast majority of cases people have no idea and are finding it incidentally. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have hepatitis c?

Blood test: Through a blood test that will check for antibodies. The sooner you know, the better. ...Read more

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What is typical cause for hepatitis c?

Body fluid exchange: The most common reason for a hepatitis c infection is due to body fluid exposure, especially blood (i.e. Transfusion). ...Read more

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What drug is used to treat hepatitis c?

2 new drugs: Within the last few month, 2 new drugs have come out that are in pill forms and FDA approved (without interferon injections) that cure hepatitis C in > 95% of patients. Talk to your liver doctor who can help determine if Harvoni or Viekira Pak is right for you, based on your medication insurance coverage. There are other medications out there depending on the strain of virus you have. ...Read more

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Common ways of hepatitis C transmission?

Common ways of hepatitis C transmission?

3 common ways: There are several ways to transmit. Blood transfusion and needle sharing are the 2 far most common. It can be transmitted by rough sex...But is much more difficult. Mothers may also transmit it to newborns during the birthing process. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of hepatitis c?

HCV symptoms: Chronic hepatitis C is usually asymptomatic. Very rarely rashes, joint pains and worsening renal function can be a presentation apart from presentation of chronic liver disease. ...Read more

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How can I tell someone I have hepatitis c?

How can I tell someone I have hepatitis c?

Honesty: Hepatitis c is for the most part only passed by blood. Most patients acquired it via experimenting with drugs, blood transfusion or tattoos.
You do not need to tell most of your friends that you have hepatitis c, but should probably tell sexual partners. ...Read more

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Can you explain how hepatitis C progresses?

Can you explain how hepatitis C progresses?

Slowly: Chronic hcv progressively causes inflammation and then scarring in the liver leading to cirrhosis. Other important issue is that it predisposes to hepatoma. ...Read more

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What are the available tests for hepatitis c?

Bloods/SONO/biopsy: Screen with eia (enz imm assay), confirm (+) with riba(recomb imm assay) and/or RNA (quantitative); genotype if (+) can determine duration of rx, and/or need for biopsy. Bloods for scarring/fibrosis are good at extremes, not in the middle. Sono (sound wave picture) can show anatomy/tumors. Biopsy looks at liver cells, to assess extent of inflammation, acute/chronic damage, help decision re: rx. ...Read more

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What are the drugs used to treat hepatitis c?

New drugs: Within the last few month, 2 new drugs have come out that are in pill forms and FDA approved (without interferon injections) that cure hepatitis C in > 95% of patients. Talk to your liver doctor who can help determine if Harvoni or Viekira Pak is right for you, based on your medication insurance coverage. There are other medications out there depending on the strain of virus you have. ...Read more

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What are the serious symptoms of hepatitis c?

Depends: Significant liver scarring or cirrhosis of the liver cam cause fatal complications. Hepatitis can also affect the blood vessels and cause vasculitis, rarely affect the kidneys. ...Read more

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Where in the world is hepatitis C the most prevalent?

Where in the world is hepatitis C the most prevalent?

Egypt: Unfortunately, due to a mass vaccination program in the 70s, where the same needle was used on multiple patients, many patients in egypt contracted hepatitis c. Of note, patients in the middle east are more likely to have genotype 4, whereas most patients in the U.S. Have genotype 1. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hepatitis c?

A virus : 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 (viral load; hcv rna). ...Read more

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Is it okay to undergo invitrofertilization if you are hepatitis C positive?

Not an absolute : contraindication - but you need to discuss this in depth with your RE/obgyn. nowadays, HCV can be eradicated in 12 weeks - so why take the chance. ...Read more

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