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.
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.
I have chronic hepatitis b and have been told this has caused cirrosis of my liver. Will I need a liver transplant in the future.?
Maybe. It depends upon your age, overall health and the degree of liver damage. The reason for your hepatitis b is also important. If it was from drug usage, the transplant unit will want to make sure that you are "clean" before considering transplantation. With medical management, many people with hepatitis b and early cirrhosis (child class a) do pretty well and may not need a transplant.
Maybe. Many but not all patients with cirrhosis will go on to require liver transplantation. The first line treatment, however, is medical therapy. By following the treatment plan laid out by your gastroenterologist or hepatologist, you may be able to live with your liver disease and avoid the need for liver transplantation.
A new aide for mom had a liver transplant years ago and has chronic hepatitis b. Is my mom in danger of getting hep b?
No. As long as they wear proper personal care equipment with healthcare, such as gloves etc, there shouldn't be much risk. The main risk is with exposure to bodily fluids (blood, etc) and sex (clearly not an issue here).
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.
Not cured, treated. Hepatitis c virus hides in multiple places throughout the body, not just the liver. That 's why removal of a damaged liver and replacement with a healthier liver does not cure the infection. The virus comes out of hiding and infects the new liver too. The best treatment is using the gentlest approach to suppression of the immune system in order to allow some residual ability to fight the virus.
No. The liver transplant cures the cirrhosis state of the liver, or removes the tumors that may have developed within it. It does nothing to treat the hepatitis c. In fact hep c frequently returns with higher viral loads post transplant.
No. Hepatitis c recurs after liver transplant in nearly 100% of patients. However new therapies are available that are extremely good and with minimal side effects and are usually given post transplant to eliminate the infection and prevent recurrent cirrhosis.
Very effective. The liver transplants are for end stage liver disease...not to treat the hepatitis C.....there is good treatment for hepatitis C now.....however, if failed, transplants are done....and along with treatments....very good results are avhieved.
Please let me know the best treatment for hepatitis c, if one is above 60 and unable to afford liver transplant pl. Help?
Anti-viral drugs. Liver transplant is not the first line of therapy for hepatitis c. It is only used when the hepatitis has caused irreversible scarring/damage to the liver called cirrhosis that is severe enough to result in death. Many more people are treated with anti-viral medications and do fine, never needing a transplant. See a liver doctor. Good luck.
Hep C treatment. Standard treatment for hepatitis c has been with peginterferon and ribavirin. Response rates varied depending on the type of hep c virus (called genotype). There are new medications boceprevir and telaprevir which have improved response to treatment.
Yes. Depends on the ability to suppress replication of the virus before and after transplant.