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Doctor insights on: Interferon Liver

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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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Is liver cirrhosis curable?

Is liver cirrhosis curable?

No: No, but you stop it from progressing further by eliminating the cause: abstaining from alcohol or treating hepatitis b or c. ...Read more

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Will copegus (ribavirin) treatment increase liver enzyme levels?

Will copegus (ribavirin) treatment increase liver enzyme levels?

Copegus/liver enzyme: Some people may get worsening of liver functions including elevation of enzymes, bilirubin, brown urine and yellow eyes and medication has to be stopped immediately. ...Read more

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What are interferon alpha-2a and pegylated interferon alfa-2a (pegasys)?

What are interferon alpha-2a and pegylated interferon alfa-2a (pegasys)?

2 versions 1 drug: They are the same drug except that the pegylation makes that drug longer acting, so it can be given less often. ...Read more

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Bad effects of copegus (ribavirin) treatment and liver enzyme levels?

Bad effects of copegus (ribavirin) treatment and liver enzyme levels?

Hep C and ribavirin: This drug is for combination treatment of hepatitis c. Copegus (ribavirin) alone is not effective for the treatment of chronic hepatitis c virus infection.The main toxicity is hemolytic anemia, which may result in worsening of cardiac disease, heart attacks. Your doctor will test your blood for liver enzyme levels, virus load and other things. ...Read more

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What is e latest treatment for liver cirohsis....Hv hep c, cirohsis., 40% heart ejection fraction?

What is e latest treatment for liver cirohsis....Hv hep c, cirohsis., 40% heart ejection fraction?

Hcv: Hepatitis c treatment is a complex processs. If you are interested in treatment, you need to schedule an appointment with your local doctor to discuss the process. You are likely will have lots of questions and need the answers to make an informed decision. Given your heart condition with ef at 40 percent and age, you might not be a candidate. Treatment duration/agents depended on genotype. ...Read more

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High liver enzymes and hepatitis! what are effects?

High liver enzymes and hepatitis! what are effects?

Depends. check w/MD: Hepatitis means liver inflammation-lots of causes, including several viruses, parasites, drugs, toxins, alcohol, immunologic, pregnancy associated changes, etc.May have symptoms, e.g. Nausea, poor appetite, weight loss, abnormal physical, e.g. Jaundice, abdominal fluid, altered mental status, etc. Some are self limited; others can lead to chronic disease, cirrhosis, liver failure. Check with md. ...Read more

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Will a hepatitis b vaccine elevated liver function studies?

Will a hepatitis b vaccine elevated liver function studies?

No: This should not happen as the vaccine has reactivity with your immune system, not your liver. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis b vaccine given in 1986 cause elevated liver enzymes?

Should not be...: A hepatitis b vaccination given 27 years ago should not be the cause of elevated liver enzymes currently. ...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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Dose of Interferon alpha 2B for Hepatitis C patient?

Dose of Interferon alpha 2B for Hepatitis C patient?

Not set dose: There is no set dose for this. Defer to your treating physician. ...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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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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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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Interferon (Definition)

Interferons are a diverse group of proteins that belong to a class of glycoproteins known as cytokines. Interferons were first discovered for their ability to block viral replication within host cells. They also have been found to activate immune cells for many disease processes. There are several classes of interferons, types i, ii and iii, depending on ...Read more