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Doctor insights on: Hepatitis C Liver Disease Symptoms

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Can hepatitis C cause liver failure?

Can hepatitis C cause liver failure?

Absolutely: Hepatitis c is the number one reason people need a liver transplant in the us. It is estimated that about a third of people with hepatitis c will eventually develop severe liver damage. But it can take 20 to 40 years for cirrhosis to develop. The most important things to do are to stop drinking alcohol and discuss your need for treatment, taking into account all the new drugs in development. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis b infection associated with liver cancer?

Yes: Unlike most viral hepatitides, hepatitis b is associated with liver cancer regardless of the presence of cirrhosis. Therefore, blood test (i.e. Alpha-fetoprotein) and imaging study (i.E abdominal ultrasound) are recommended every 6 months beginning at the age of 40. ...Read more

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How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

Different causes: One is caused by alcohol and the other is caused by a virus which infects the liver, hepatitis b and c are the most common causes of chronic viral hepatitis. As both of these affect and damage the liver they may have similar symptoms such a jaundice and evenually cirrhosis. The treatment however would be different. Having a viral hepatitis and drinking would speed the progression of the damage. ...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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Symptoms of liver disease?

Symptoms of liver disease?

Multiple symptoms: Liver disease has a multitude of symptoms. In the early phases it can be nonspecific like tiredness, lack of appetite ; energy, distaste for cigarettes, yellowish discolouration of eyes ; urine. With increasing loss of liver function, 1) fluid retention (belly/ankle swelling, 2) mental changes(confusion), 3) bleeding from the mouth or rectum, on in the skin. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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Could hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

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Could hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

Very unlikely: Very unlikely, unless same individual is coinfected by HIV, ...Read more

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Can chronic hepatitis b infection cause cirrhosis?

Can chronic hepatitis b infection cause cirrhosis?

Yes: Hepatitis b can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. The more inflammation present and the higher the viral load the more likely, one will develop cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C a contagious disease?

Is hepatitis C a contagious disease?

Yes: Hepatitis c is a contagious disease. The virus is in the blood, so one can catch it by coming into contact with an infected person's blood. There is no cure and no vaccine for hepc, but some treatments are available. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis b cause liver failure?

Can hepatitis b cause liver failure?

Yes: Chronic hepatitis b can cause the liver to develop severe scarring from the longstanding inflammation the virus causes. The scarring, commonly referred to as cirrhosis, can be progressive such that more and more liver function is lost to scarring. Eventually there are too few healthy liver cells to remove toxins from the body and liver failure happens, usually over a period of years. ...Read more

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Which liver function test indicates viral hepatitis?

Which liver function test indicates viral hepatitis?

Hepatitis Panels: Liver function tests are not really used to diagnose viral hepatitis, but elevated ast, alt, ggt, alkaline phos, bili can indicate "something" is wrong and needs evaluation::. Hepatitis panels for anti-bodies, core anti-bodies, and antigens for each of the different types of hepatitis (a, b, c, etc.) are used to indicate whether viral hepatitis is present and the severity/length of the infection. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b symptoms please.

Hepatitis b symptoms please.

Hepatitis: Symptoms include fatigue, fever, pain in right upper quadrant of abdomen, jaundice, change in urine color, nausea and vomiting, generalized malaise and others. It is not different from any other cause of hepatitis (which means inflammation of the liver). ...Read more

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Does hepatitis b lead to liver cancer?

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Yes it can : Yes hepatitis b can lead to a liver cancer. Majority of hepatitis b will be cured and resolved by your immune system- some of them however will continue and go into chronic active phase -where the virus remains active and viable inside your body- and this can lead into further damage to your liver - i.e. Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. ...Read more

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Chronic hepatitis C do solvadi and ribavirin cause liver pain?

Chronic hepatitis C do solvadi and ribavirin cause liver pain?

No: Liver pain is generally not a frequently cited side effect of either of these medications. The sustained response rate for Sovaldi with or without ribavirin is 90+ percent for most of the common types of hepatitis C. You should discuss this with your gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there differences between hepatitis C and liver disease?

Are there differences between hepatitis C and liver disease?

No: Hepatitis c is a type of liver disease. The virus infects the cells of the liver and damage results. Other things can cause liver disease as well including other viruses (hepatitis b, a), alcohol, fat, drugs/medication, etc. ...Read more

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My dad has extreme psoriasis, end stage four liver disease, gaves disease, hepatitis C with uncontrollable itching what can we do he can't sleep?

My dad has extreme psoriasis,  end stage four liver disease, gaves disease, hepatitis C with uncontrollable itching  what can we do he can't sleep?

See Dermatologist: See your dermatologist for the best advice. The cause of the itching could be related to more that one of the above and thus control of all of these are important. ...Read more

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Can having liver disease affect your blood results you get back from hep c?

Can having liver disease affect your blood results you get back from hep c?

Yes.: First have to apologize, i hit the wrong 'button' on question about donating your liver if have hep c: no. As for current question, if you've recovered from the acute phase hep c, all the liver function studies often come back to normal, though may persist in elevated state. Your body will develop hep c antibodies, but at any time in the future, it could become active or lead to other liver probs. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i get cured from hep c & fatty liver disease combined?

Please tell me, could i get cured from hep c & fatty liver disease combined?

Probably not: There are new medications on the horizon for hepatitis c. If in addition you have common non-alcoholic fatty liver (and this isn't just the fat that tends to accumulate in hepatitis c), how about getting back into physical fitness like when you were a teen? You have nothing to lose and much to gain. ...Read more

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Slightly overweight, Insulin resistance , enlarged liver 17cm, is this fatty liver disease? Or hep C

Slightly overweight, Insulin resistance , enlarged liver 17cm, is this fatty liver disease? Or hep C

2 different diseases: Fatty liver is predominantly due to: high alcohol intake, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity. The more of these risks you have, the greater the chance of fatty liver. Addressing these risks is an important step to correcting fatty liver. Distinguish hepatosteatosis (fatty liver) from steatohepatitis (fatty liver with abnormal liver tests that risks cirrhosis & liver cancer. Hep C is an infection. ...Read more

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Have hep "C" & Cirrosis chronic ystomach aches & esophageal congestion up to throat.Is this due from chronic liver disease or stress?

Have hep "C" & Cirrosis chronic ystomach aches & esophageal congestion up to throat.Is this due from chronic liver disease or stress?

Stress: Both of these may be playing a role, but the cirrhosis is far more important. Hopefully you are seeing a liver expert and having this dealt with expeditiously. ...Read more

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Diagnosed liver disease. No alcohol no hepatitis. Mass size of my fist. Only symptom is occasional pain. Should I choose to remove it or leave it ?

Diagnosed liver disease. No alcohol no hepatitis. Mass size of my fist. Only symptom is occasional pain. Should I choose to remove it or leave it ?

Follow docs' advice: This is far too important, and potentially dangerous, for you to be relying on an opinion on this kind of forum. Discuss with the doctor(s) involved with your care and follow their advice. If in doubt, ask for a second opinion. ...Read more

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What are the chances of liver failure or liver disease if I had hepatitis?

Which hepatitis?: Chronic hep b and hep c can create liver failure, and the latter is the most common cause for liver transplant in the U.S. Today. Both are potentially treatable and curable, so get checked by a gastroenterologist asap. ...Read more

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Can acute hepatitis be a sign of permanent liver disease even if liver enzyme levels go back to almost normal?

Can acute hepatitis be a sign of permanent liver disease even if liver enzyme levels go back to almost normal?

Acute hepatitis: Is a form of liver disease. Most people recover from acute viral hepatitis. Unfortunately some cases progress to chronic aggressive form of disease, which can lead to cirrhosis. So have your doctor keep an eye on you. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have liver disease what type of hepatitis would you have?

Can't answer: There are many types of hepatitis, and hepatitis is just one type of liver disease. So if you have liver disease, you may or may not have hepatitis. ...Read more

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Why coes serum aminotransferase increase in liver disease like viral hepatitis ?

Inflammation: When there is inflammation in the liver as a result of an insult, liver tests can become elevated. ...Read more

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My liver enzymes are elevated, but i tested negative for hepatitis, could I have liver disease or cancer?

My liver enzymes are elevated, but i tested negative for hepatitis, could I have liver disease or cancer?

Possibly, not likely: Meds, supplements and alcohol can elevate your liver enzymes. Chronic hepatitis c is common, so make sure they tested for it. The first step is to make sure whatever you put in your mouth isn't hurting your liver, and follow your test results over time. About 9% of adults have abnormal lfts. Obesity causing fatty liver is another common cause. I'm not sayin' you're fat, but had to mention it! ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for stage 4 grade 2 liver disease in someone with chronic hepatitis B who was diagnosed in 2014?

What is the prognosis for stage 4 grade 2 liver disease in someone with chronic hepatitis B who was diagnosed in 2014?

It's variable.: Stage 4 means cirrhosis. Grade 2 means there is inflammation in the liver. Survival is greatly improved it the hepatitis B is treated - there are medicines for this. You should be seeing a specialist for this and consider treatment. ...Read more

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What immunization should be given to hepatitis b and c negativr cld(chronic liver disease)?

What immunization should be given to hepatitis b and c negativr cld(chronic liver disease)?

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

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How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

Different causes: One is caused by alcohol and the other is caused by a virus which infects the liver, hepatitis b and c are the most common causes of chronic viral hepatitis. As both of these affect and damage the liver they may have similar symptoms such a jaundice and evenually cirrhosis. The treatment however would be different. Having a viral hepatitis and drinking would speed the progression of the damage. ...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?

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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I have high sgpt of 66, while normal sgot&gamma-gt and I have no hepatitis a, b, or c & no liver disease and no std's, it is due to atihypertensive drugs?

Likely: I trust that hemochromatosis and wilson's were ruled out. You might get ultrasounded for fatty liver and/or recommended to increase your level of fitness. This is not especially high -- some healthy folks fall here -- and if your physican is not concerned, i would not be either. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more


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