pace of progression +hep c
Jul 1, 2002
Hello doctor, has there been any stats with regards to how much time (in yrs) a person's stage progress. I am talking about a biopsy where the individual is in stage III for example. How long would it take to go on from stage III to stage IIII (4) which is cirrohis?
Response from Dr. Dieterich
In general it is thought that hepatitis progresses at an average rate of 6-7 years per stage. However in real life studies the median time to cirrhosis in stage III biopsies is about 18 months. So if your biopsyis stage III, you need to be treated now! If the treatment is successful, that is the virus is cured, then the biopsy should eventually return to normal. If not, it should regress about 1 stage. There is little to lose by treating at this point. Good luck and go for it! DTD
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