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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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