When does a liver transplant need to be done for hepatitis treatment?

When the liver fails. The hepatitis c virus does not affect all patients with the same degree of injury. Some may carry the virus in a non-aggressive state for many many years. Others have a aggressive disease in which the liver becomes inflamed and may scar, called cirrhosis. If normal function of the liver stop and symptoms of liver failure develop, the liver would need to be replaced with a transplant.
ESLD . For liver failure with complications of esld (end-stage liver disease) or development of cancer.

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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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Will the hepatitis C be cured by a liver transplant?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...