Hepatitis c cirrhosis, what is the treatment for it?

A G.I. Consult! - absolutely no alcohol, careful review of all meds being taken---- the consult being very important since treatment is available1-don't wait!
Several steps. If somebody has cirrhosis from hepatitis c, it is critical to be seen by a health provider who has experience in hcv and liver care. It is still curable, and cure with antiviral medications can decrease the risk of liver failure and liver cancer by 80%. People also need screening for liver cancer every six months, certain vaccinations, egd, and be careful with medications (<2 gms tylenol (acetaminophen) a day).

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My 49 yr old son first became aware of high alt#'s in 2008. Tests have ruled out hepatitis c, cirrhosis, and a tumor. What else could cause this?

Some ideas. We want to rule out hemochromatosis first and foremost. Wilson's may still be a consideration even at his age. Autoimmune hepatitis is less likely, and antitrypsin deficiency less treatable, both could be tested for. I trust he did not drink or take any meds including Ibuprofen during the workup. Most likely is metabolic syndrome with a rx for aerobic fitness. Read more...

Recently diagnosed with chronic hepatitis c, fibrosis, cirrhosis and renal disease. I need resources for alcohol treatment. Please and thank you?

Liver Disease. I am very proud of you for asking this question. Your health is at significant risk. It is time to stop drinking and it is easier with help. Without knowing much about your life my gut sense is that you need an inpatient program that also has a medical component to it. You have very good programs in california. The betty ford center is excellent. Read more...

I have a 1.2cm hypoechoic nodule/leison on left lobe of my liver. I also had hepatitus c and completed treatment. Also have cirrhosis & fluid building?

Needs Evaluation. The combination of hepatitis c and cirrhosis puts you at increased risk for development of hepatocellular (liver) carcinoma. The nodule in your liver might be nothing but the only way to be sure is a biopsy. Needle biopsies are usually done as an outpatient procedure under ultrasound or ct guidance. Read more...
What kind of imaging. did you have? i would only consider biopsy if a good triple phase CT and/or Eovist MRI were equivocal in the diagnosis. agree that you're definitely at risk for HCC so this needs close f/u. Read more...

What should I do to help myself? I found out a few months ago that I have hepatitis C and some cirrhosis of liver. I'm still young and gave up alcohol and completely changed my diet. Please what can I do right now? Any help would be so appreciated.

Academic center. Have your primary care doctor refer you to a hepatologist, preferably in an academic center where experimental agents are more readily available. Read more...
A cure is likely. We have some new medicines that usually result in cure. The US government is now talking about making this pricey medicine free for prisoners, as they are likely to make others sick, so if there is any justice or common sense in Washington (which I doubt), it should soon be free for everyone. Be politically alert, get to an academic center, and probably you will have a good outcome. Read more...

If you have cirrhosis from hepatitis c, are there certain tests that you need to take?

Cirrhosis management. Yes. Cirrhosis of any cause needs ongoing management., incl. Blood tests, imaging, endoscopy etc. And hepatitis c treatment options have changed. Recomend you be seen by a hepatologist (liver specialist) or a GI with an interest in liver disease - call their office and see if they are offering hep c therapy - often through an affiliated 'mid-level' i.e. A nurse practitioner because of time. Read more...
Yes. It is usually diagnosed after finding elevated liver enzymes indicating injury. There are specific tests that find antibodies to the virus, and more specific tests that show how much virus is present in the body. Liver scans or ultrasounds can show if the liver is damaged and/or scarred. The ultimate gold-standard test is a liver biopsy, where a needle is inserted under imaging to get tissue. Read more...

I have hepatitis C stage four cirrhosis. My fillings have started dropping out. Is there a connection.?

No. Especially nowadays, hepatitis c with cirrhosis can often be tolerated well, and there are some new medications in the offing that may help reverse this. I'd urge you to be optimistic, and maintain your teeth in good repair. Best wishes. Read more...