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Should people with hepatitis C get ultrasound screenings?

Should people with hepatitis C get ultrasound screenings?

No: Only if they have cirrhosis. One has to have cirrhosis before they get liver cancer. However, i recommend a baseline ultrasound on all patients with hep c. This is not screening, but could pick up cirrhotic nodules or other anomalies at baseline. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Should everyone with hepatitis C get ultrasound screenings? 

Should everyone with hepatitis C get ultrasound screenings? 

No: Only patients that have cirrhosis need regular ultrasound screening to monitor for the development of liver cancer. These screenings are usually twice a year. ...Read more

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Have hepatitis C dr wanted me to have liver ultrasound it showed a mass but MRI did not show anything?

Have hepatitis C dr wanted me to have liver ultrasound it showed a mass but MRI did not show anything?

Not surprised.: Patients with hep c have a significantly increased risk of liver cancer. Therefore, any suspicious mass deserves a thorough workup. Us is a convenient screening study of the liver, but of often the findings are not specific. Typically, a properly performed MRI provides a much more specific and accurate assessment of the liver. I would discuss with your md to ensure he is confident with mr results. ...Read more

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Is there a way to screen people with hepatitis C for liver cancer?

Is there a way to screen people with hepatitis C for liver cancer?

MD, SONO, AFP lab: Liver cancer (ca) in hep c generally occurs if there is cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver. Hep b can get ca without cirrhosis. Check with md for viral load, genotype, other possible hep viruses, other causes chronic liver disease (autoimmune, iron, copper disease). May need liver biopsy to decide on need for rx (and type). Sonogram (no xrays), Alpha feto protein (afp, tumor marker). ...Read more

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Exactly when did bloodbanks start screening blood for hepatitis c?

Exactly when did bloodbanks start screening blood for hepatitis c?

1992: The cdc recommends that anyone who had a blood transfusion before 1992 should be tested for hepatitis c. In the 1970s through 1980s tens of thousands of people were exposed to hcv via contaminated blood transfusions. Some people don't know if they got blood with a procedure. Everyone born between 1945-1965 needs to be tested once for hepatitis c. ...Read more

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My weight is 154kg.Age 30.Height 6 feet.I have enlarged live and spleen.In my blood screening test HCV is +.But PCR RNA of hepatits c viral is negtive?

My weight is 154kg.Age 30.Height 6 feet.I have enlarged live and spleen.In my blood screening test HCV is +.But PCR RNA of hepatits c viral is negtive?

Maybe false positive: Or the lab could have switched your blood with someone else's blood. You may want to go to reputable lab like quest or bioreference, but not labcorp and have it rechecked. ...Read more

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What makes some people with hepatitis C more likely to get liver cancer?

Cirrhosis: Hepatitis c commonly causes chronic liver disease. Over time, if untreated, and with ongoing inflammation, can lead to scarring (cirrhosis). Hep c patients with cirrhosis are at increased risk for liver cancer. Goals of rx are to get rid of virus, stop the inflammation, prevent the scarring, and prevent cancer as well as liver failure. ...Read more

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What makes some people with hepatitis C more or less likely to get liver cancer? 

What makes some people with hepatitis C more or less likely to get liver cancer? 

Cirrhosis: In hepatitis c, you must have cirrhosis, prior to developing liver cancer. Alcohol, obesity, diabetes and HIV meds can accelerate liver damage leading to cirrhosis at a faster rate. ...Read more

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Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

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


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more