Dec 19, 2004
Dear Dr. McGovern,
Is it true that cirrhosis of the liver can be in an HBV patient before the disease become inactive? How an inactive HBV patient knows he/she has cirrhosis since inactive carriers don't usually have liver biopsy? Thank you for your time.
Response from Dr. McGovern
Cirrhosis usually occurs because the disease was active at some point in the past. The risk of cirrhosis can also increase in the setting of other factors such as alcohol use for example. Many times there are physical examination findings and laboratory clues that cirrhosis might exist.
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