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Hep c and cirrhosis
Oct 31, 2006

MY HUSBAND HAS RECENTLY BEEN DIAGONISED WITH HEP C AND CIRRHOSIS. HE IS ON 2 DIFFERNET FLUID PILLS DUE TO THE SWELLING IN HIS STOMACH AND FEET, THIGHS. BUT HE DOESN'T SEEM TO HAVE ANY OTHER ISSUES. HIS DR SAID HE PROBABLY HAS 2 YEARS TO LIVE. CAN YOU NOT BE EXIERENCEING ANY OTHER ISSUES AND BE SICK ENOUGH TO DIE IN 2 YEARS?

Response from Dr. McGovern

I am concerned that you are describing a person who has end-stage liver disease: Cirrhosis (advanced scarring) with complications of disease (ascites, or fluid in his belly).

You may want to ask further questions as to whether your husband is a candidate for a liver transplant. That will depend on multiple factors.

Make certain that any new medications are discussed with your liver specialist. I would also have your husband avoid all alcohol.



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