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Doctor insights on: What Is The Scientific Name Of The Organism That Causes Hepatitis C

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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


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Can hepatitis C cause lots of unbearable pain?

Can hepatitis C cause lots of unbearable pain?

Where?: Hepatitis c can cause a number of problems like neuropathy that can be painful. But usually it does not cause severe pain anywhere. What exactly is the problem? ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C cause liver failure?

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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Will hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

Will hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

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

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Could hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

Could hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

Very unlikely: Very unlikely, unless same individual is coinfected by HIV, ...Read more

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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?

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

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What is typical cause for hepatitis c?

What is typical cause for hepatitis c?

Body fluid exchange: The most common reason for a hepatitis c infection is due to body fluid exposure, especially blood (i.e. Transfusion). ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C caused by an exchange of bodily fluid?

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 more

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Does lupus cause hepatitis C or b?

Does lupus cause hepatitis C or b?

No: Hepatitis c and b are caused by viruses. Lupus is autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your body. ...Read more

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Could having had hepatitis C cause pancreas to stop producing insulin?

No: no effect of HCV on pancreas. if someone was also a heavy drinker though, than can cause damage to both organs. ...Read more

Organisms (Definition)

1. An individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, bacterium, protist, or fungus; a body made up of organs, organelles, or other parts that work together to carry on the various processes of life. 2. A system regarded as analogous in its structure or functions to a living ...Read more


Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more