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What Are The Causes Of Hepatitis C
Cause of Hepatitis C: This is one of the viruses that cause inflammation and prolonged damage to the liver. The main viruses are given alphabet labels to distinguish them from each other. Hepatiits a is food and water born and some oral ingestion. Hepatitis b is at high risk in blood and body fluid transmission . And hep c is found predominantly in the drug using populations, especially injectors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes the hepatitis b and c virus? Like mosquitoes causes malaria, what causes hepatitis b and c virus
Hep C: Most Hep C is caused by blood exchange such as transfusions or contaminated needles (IV drug use). Infection through mucous membranes can occur but is less frequent. There is also vertical transmission - mother to child through delivery (2%). Although infrequent, tattooing and breast feeding, can also spread Hep C. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune: No test is perfect. Every test has a false positive and false negative rate. Any condition that leads to lots of antibody production, like autoimmune diseases, can lead to false positive tests. In hcv, antibody response is not as important as viral load since about 25% of people will be truly infected but clear it themselves. Everyone with hcv antibodies needs an hcv RNA test for active infection. ...Read more
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
My 49 yr old son first became aware of high alt#'s in 2008. Tests have ruled out hepatitis c, cirrhosis, and a tumor. What else could cause this?
Some ideas: We want to rule out hemochromatosis first and foremost. Wilson's may still be a consideration even at his age. Autoimmune hepatitis is less likely, and antitrypsin deficiency less treatable, both could be tested for. I trust he did not drink or take any meds including Ibuprofen during the workup. Most likely is metabolic syndrome with a rx for aerobic fitness. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any way to determine how old is hepatitis C virus infection? And after how much time it will cause trouble?
Maybe: When health providers ask about potential risk exposures like blood transfusion prior to 1992, ever using injection drugs or home therapy like shared injected vitamins, sex with someone who might have had hcv, etc, we are trying to estimate how long someone has been infected. Studies show about 20% of people will develop cirrhosis in 20 years and rates increase the longer people are infected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aids, hepatitis b and hepatitis C are caused by pathogens that are found in the blood of those infected?
Viral Infections: Not sure what you are really asking or how this answer will in any way add to your medical knowledge. But, yes, of course. These three major viral illnesses are common and many of those infected have these viruses as chronic active infections in their blood stream. 80% of those adults who get hep b will clear the infection from their blood. New treatments for hep c can lead to cure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medical conditions such as hepatitis-C and cirrhosis of the liver can also cause inaccurate urine drug test results.
Can chronic hepatitis C cause Yiy to constantly have aniexty and be depressed ? Ive never had aniexty until hepatitis C ? I have GAD now ?
Seek out therapist: I'm not so clear on the Hep C actually bringing on the psychological symptom of anxiety per the disease itself or per the worry associated with having the disease, its treatments, prognosis in your case, etc. etc. I think you need a therapist to discuss the how the knowledge of having Hep C may be affecting you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hepatitis c in early stage can be a cause of rectal bleeding? My dad had hepatitis C since last one year and his age 65 and now having rectal bleeding
Cirrhosis: Hep C itself doesn't cause rectal bleeding, but cirrhosis can cause portal hypertension, or increased pressure in the veins sending blood to the liver from the intestines. The increased pressure then redirects extra blood to flow through other pathways, one of which is the hemorrhoid veins. It could also just be regular hemorrhoids as well. Hope this helps! ...Read more
HCV causes Itching: Pruritus (itching) is a symptom of hcv infection irrespective of the pregnancy state of the patient. If you are pregnant, have hcv infection and are currently experiencing pruritus, i strongly suggest you seek immediate medical attention as it might signify an exacerbation of your hcv condition with elevated negative medical consequences to you and the fetus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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