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I have hepatitis b and hepatitis c. Can I get a liver transplant?

I have hepatitis b and hepatitis c. Can I get a liver transplant?

Probably: Hepatitis c is the most common reason for liver transplantation today. Hepatitis b is also a fairly common cause. Neither is cured by removal of the old liver since the viruses hide out in other places in the body. Very complex topics. Best to explore with an expert in liver disease. Transplant is always the last resort, used only when other care does not suffice. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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 I get rid of hepatitis b virus if I get a liver transplant?

Can I get rid of hepatitis b virus if I get a liver transplant?

You can suppress it.: After liver transplant for hepatitis b, most patients will keep any remaining hepatitis b virus suppressed by taking anti-viral medications. Whereas in the1990's hepatitis b always recurred in the transplanted liver leading to eventual graft failure, today that almost never happens. This is one of the great successes in medicine and transplantation over the last 20 yrs. ...Read more

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A new aide for mom had a liver transplant years ago and has chronic hepatitis b. Is my mom in danger of getting hep b?

A new aide for mom had a liver transplant years ago and has chronic hepatitis b. Is my mom in danger of getting hep b?

No: As long as they wear proper personal care equipment with healthcare, such as gloves etc, there shouldn't be much risk. The main risk is with exposure to bodily fluids(blood, etc) and sex(clearly not an issue here). ...Read more

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If she has cirrhosis of the liver, it is caused by hepatitis b. Can she have a liver transplant?

If she has cirrhosis of the liver, it is caused by hepatitis b. Can she have a liver transplant?

Yes: Patients with cirrhosis due to hepatitis b can get liver transplant. However, every transplant candidate has to undergo detailed work-up to ensure suitability for the procedure. ...Read more

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I have chronic hepatitis b and have been told this has caused cirrosis of my liver. Will I need a liver transplant in the future. ?

I have chronic hepatitis b and have been told this has caused cirrosis of my liver.  Will I need a liver transplant in the future. ?

Maybe: It depends upon your age, overall health and the degree of liver damage. The reason for your hepatitis b is also important. If it was from drug usage, the transplant unit will want to make sure that you are "clean" before considering transplantation. With medical management, many people with hepatitis b and early cirrhosis (child class a) do pretty well and may not need a transplant. ...Read more

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Will the hepatitis C be cured by a liver transplant?

Will the hepatitis C be cured by a liver transplant?

Not cured, treated: Hepatitis c virus hides in multiple places throughout the body, not just the liver. That 's why removal of a damaged liver and replacement with a healthier liver does not cure the infection. The virus comes out of hiding and infects the new liver too. The best treatment is using the gentlest approach to suppression of the immune system in order to allow some residual ability to fight the virus. ...Read more

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How effective is liver transplantation for treating hepatitis C?

How effective is liver transplantation for treating hepatitis C?

Very effective: The liver transplants are for end stage liver disease...not to treat the hepatitis C.....there is good treatment for hepatitis C now.....however, if failed, transplants are done....and along with treatments....very good results are avhieved ...Read more

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Please let me know the best treatment for hepatitis c, if one is above 60 and unable to afford liver transplant pl. Help?

Please let me know the best treatment for hepatitis c, if one is above 60 and unable to afford liver transplant pl. Help?

Hep C treatment: Standard treatment for hepatitis c has been with peginterferon and ribavirin. Response rates varied depending on the type of hep c virus (called genotype). There are new medications boceprevir and telaprevir which have improved response to treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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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