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What kind of doctor should I be seeing if I have hepatitis?

What kind of doctor should I be seeing if I have hepatitis?

Hepatologist: Either a hepatologist or a gastroenterologist. A hepatologist specializes in the study of the liver. Some gastroenterologists have also had hepatology training. ...Read more

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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


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Can a hepatitis test by my doctor show any kind of hep, including alcoholic hep?

Can a hepatitis test by my doctor show any kind of hep, including alcoholic hep?

No specific test: Liver enzyme elevation (high ast, alt) raises suspicion of hepatitis. You can then test for viral hepatitis (a, b, or c), but there's no specific test for alcoholic hepatitis. The diagnosis would be suspected in a drinker with no evidence of viral hepatitis and with elevated bilirubin and liver enzymes, especially if the ast was at least twice as high as the alt. ...Read more

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What to do about hepatitis C what kind of doctor?

What to do about hepatitis C what kind of doctor?

Treat it: a gastroenterologist or hepatologist will be able to treat you and guide you. new medications are available against hepatitis C. ...Read more

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What to do if I have never had bad skin before. the doctors do not know what type of hepatitis I have yet. how long will it be until the bad skin goes?

What to do if I have never had bad skin before. the doctors do not know what type of hepatitis I have yet. how long will it be until the bad skin goes?

Hard to say: hepatitis can have various skin manifestations. It's hard to say how long the lesions will last without more information as to what these are, type of hepatitis, etc. ...Read more

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I was positive for hepatitis C and then my doctor took another test to see if it was active. It was and it was 4 million what does that mean?

I was positive for hepatitis C and then my doctor took another test to see if it was active. It was and it was 4 million what does that mean?

Active : Viral load or count doesn't mean anything other than an active infection. The absolute value has no relevance other than for determining length of treatment in a patient that has never received treatment and does not have cirrhosis. Harvoni for example can be used for 8 weeks instead of 12 in genotype 1 patients. You're genotype needs to be determined more than anything ...Read more

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If i had a recent exposure to hepatitis C what kind of blood test can I ask my doctor to order which will show results the fastest?

If i had a recent exposure to hepatitis C what kind of blood test can I ask my doctor to order which will show results the fastest?

A few things: The first is a routine antibody screen. If this is positive, then genetic typing of the virus (guides type of treatment). Then a hep c pcr to quantitate the amount of virus in your body. A liver function panel is also needed. A new test for liver fibrosis called the hep c fibrosure is an excellent non-invasive way to determine liver fibrosis without biopsy. Finally, a cea, AFP and a RUQ us. ...Read more

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Would my dr. Call me if my blood test was positive for hepatitis? I have a fatty liver. My doctor doesn't want to see me for weeks though. Scared.

Would my dr. Call me if my blood test was positive for hepatitis? I have a fatty liver. My doctor doesn't want to see me for weeks though. Scared.

Yes: in general your doctor should be calling you to discuss all your test results, regardless of positive or negative. Some doctors that are busy will just not call if tests are negative. But that's not an excuse as how does the patient know his tests were reviewed. You have a right to see all your test results and have them fully explained. ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose autoimmune hepatitis?

Blood tests: There are blood tests to detect the antibodies attacking the liver. Further tests/procedures may be needed to confirm that the problem is not something else (such as primary biliary cirrhosis). ...Read more

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Doc is it true that hepatitis b can be treated already?

-No: There is no actual treatment for hepatitis B per se except dietary and supportive measures. However, there is treatment for post exposure to Hepatitis B in the form of giving hepatitis B immune globulin and vaccination against hepatitis B. ...Read more