|HCV Genotype 3B treatment
Jun 28, 2009
My wife is suffering with the HCV genotype 3B since 2005. Her ALt is consistently normal since tht time and the most recent ultra sound detected no liver disease except showing fatty liver. I want to what is chance of removing the virus by the use of interferon or pegasus. Pegasus is very expensive. Kindly tell should she start the treatment or not since all the tests are normal except PCR is showing a virul load of 126,070 IU/ml. Thanking you in advance and waiting for your reply. Syed Farid Ahmad
| Response from Dr. McGovern
But yes this treatment is very expensive. There is some European data suggesting that treatment for 12 to 16 weeks is also effective. I would consider short course treatment if your wife's viral load clears after four full weeks of treatment (check her HCV RNA just prior to the fifth injection). If suppressed with a sensitive HCV RNA assay (less than 50 copies) I would consider short course therapy since the chance of a good outcome is high and this would cost much less money.
Her fatty liver will probably improve as well with treatment since genotype 3 is strongly associated with fat. However, viral clearance leads to reversal of fatty liver in the vast majority of patients.
I hope this is helpful.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- How To Find A Doctor Who Treats Candidiasis?
- Should Healthcare Workers Be Required To Disclose Their Hiv Status?
- Tumeric Used For Treatment Of Neuropathy
- Percentage Of False Positive Hiv Test
- Can You Get Hepatitis C If You Use A Condom During Sex?
- How Difficult Is It For A Man To Get Hiv From A Woman?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.