HIV, Hep C, ITP
Dec 22, 2002
Can hep C be treated with a low platelet count of 21k. I have read that interferon can increase platelet numbers. So far I cannot get a liver biopsy due to low platelets. Feel as though I am stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Response from Dr. Dieterich
It depends on why the platelets are low. If they are low from ITP then sometimes Interferon can help. In general, though, interferon lowers platelets a little although not usually prohibitively. You can get a transjugular liver biopsy which would give you the information without the risk of a percutaneous biopsy. Good luck! DTD
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