|hepatic and renal failure
Sep 9, 2002
Would you briefly outline the relationship between co-infection and hepatic injury as it relates to renal system? What is relationship if any, and what are the causes of pathogenetic interactions of viral infections on both systems? Thanks...
Response from Dr. Dieterich
Hepatitis viruses rarely cause kidney disease per se, although it does happen. Renal failure is real sign of liver failure and is part of the scoring system used before transplants. It is part of what is called hepato-renal syndrome which is almost always fatal if a liver transplant is not done soon. In the normal course of treating liver disease, kidney disease is rare. DTD
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