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I have hepatitis b and hepatitis c. Can I get a liver transplant?

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. Read more...
Yes. One of them usually predominates as the cause for liver disease and failure, mostly hepatitis c. 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...

How effective is liver transplantation for treating hepatitis C?

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. Read more...

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...

Liver transplant with a platelet count of 31. I've had hep c for 25 years and now have cirrhosis. Will they operate on me with my platelets situation?

Maybe. Are you asking about whether you can have a liver transplant if your platelets are 31, 00? Or, have you had a liver transplant, and now your tranplanted liver is cirrhotic? In any case, the risks of any surgical procedure are balanced by the expected benefits. You need to make sure that you understand what the surgeon thinks are your risks and benefits given the totality of your situation. Read more...