Not many. Most aih resolves with steroid therapy and rarely progresses to cirrhosis and esld.
Not many. I am unsure the exact number but not many. When it does occur it is usually in the setting of fulminant liver failure from aih requiring an urgent transplant.
I am pregnant & due to autoimmune hepatitis & a liver transplant the father is on prograf and cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil). Is the baby at high risk for genetic defect?
No. Both Program and Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) can reduce or eliminate sperm production, making it harder to conceive (lower sperm numbers = lower chance of pregnancy). There is no information that the sperm contains genetic problems that could cause a birth defect in a baby borne from such sperm. If a defect happens, it is just bad luck, not the drugs' fault. I wish you both great happiness and good health!
Unknown. There are several factors the baby could have the genetic disposition but unless faced with the right irritates which cause the body to react and form antibodies the chance is slim Always important to follow up with providers over the years but probably will be just fine.
Yes. Many patients who lose their liver function due to chronic hepatitis C receive a liver transplant every year.
No short answer. Cirrhosis complicating hepatitis C infection is now the most common reason for liver transplantation in the US.
You can suppress it. After liver transplant for hepatitis b, most patients will keep any remaining hepatitis b virus suppressed by taking anti-viral medications. Whereas in the1990's hepatitis b always recurred in the transplanted liver leading to eventual graft failure, today that almost never happens. This is one of the great successes in medicine and transplantation over the last 20 yrs.
Probably. Hepatitis c is the most common reason for liver transplantation today. Hepatitis b is also a fairly common cause. Neither is cured by removal of the old liver since the viruses hide out in other places in the body. Very complex topics. Best to explore with an expert in liver disease. Transplant is always the last resort, used only when other care does not suffice.
Yes. One of them usually predominates as the cause for liver disease and failure, mostly hepatitis c.