HEp C & Lab Results
Feb 13, 2002
Dear Doctor, I have written few times about my fathers' health and nobody has answered me back. I would appreciate it if you could kindly answer me. My father is believed to be diagnosed 20-30 yrs ago with Hep C. He was given Interforn (the injections) on a weekly basis plus Rebetol (the pills) After 3 months of treatment my father's blood test showed that he is undetectable and his liver functions (SGOT + SGPT) were normal. My father however, decided to stop medication after receiving treatment for 6 months. He had stopped his medication for 2-3 mons. However the blood tests that were done showed negative results. Nevertheless, my father had resumed his treatment. His lab test shows the following: SGOT: 95, SGPT: 170. Hept C Virus RNA Quant PCR: 462720; Hep C Virus Quant PCR (Copies/m): 925440 Doctor could you kindly elaborate on the above results. After being detectable his number are significantly as high as his results prior to receiving his treatment. Do you think his treatment would be some how affected given the fact he stopped the medication for 2-3 mons? After another 6 mons of taking this treatment, what do you think would be the outcome? Can he be cured?Which figure from the above is his VL and does the number signify negative effects? Many thanks, The Curious Son
Response from Dr. Dieterich
The HCV viral load is 925440. Stopping for more than 3 weeks means you have to start all over again, and the standard course of therapy is 48 weeks. He should take the weekly pegylated interferon and ribavirin for the full course if he really wants to be cured! Wish him luck and support him in taking the full 48 weeks of therapy and his chances of a cure is quite high.DTD
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