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hepatitis C : sgpt 500
May 30, 2002

Dear Sir,

I read a report on this page of dt. 11/5/2002 informing that he has got rid of hepatitis C.

Sir,

One of my close relative is suffering from Hepatitis C which has been detected recently. The SGPT count is around 500 .

What treatment do you suggest. What medication did the author of 11/5/2002 letter received. This may be very helpful for us.

A very blunt question, what are the chances of survival.

Response from Dr. Fried

Hepatitis C is a treatable disease. Current therapies involve interferon and ribavirin. Depending on the type of hepatitis C, "cure" can be achieved in 45-80% of patients. Hepatitis C can progress to serious liver disease but most people maintain milder liver disease. Your relative should be fully evaluated by a gastroenterologist/hepatologist who is experienced in managing patients with hepatitis C. Together, they can get a better idea the extent of his liver disease and which treatments are most appropriate.



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