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Its HCV again
Jul 2, 2011

Thanks doc for the answer to my prev question..i myself am a medical student just passed my MBBS and i have one of my sibling with HCV reactive..and it often happens that when u know nothing u are at safer side but when u knw a little its more iwanted t obe more clear..he had this HCV reactive report a couple of weeks back incidentally found while his fistula in ano ot..a year back too he had had bong grafting for osteomylietis done a blood transfusion done..but during that time the screening was negative..and there are also other possibilities of exposures he has this tatoo stuff in his body and all but printed many years could that bt be a cause of exposure and could that be enough to lead to hcv positive result..well for now his LFT is within normal limits..PCR report awaiting..but its bothering me a lot..what fatal could it am i supposed to counsel my tis stage i am just feeling like a normal..a layman..plz help

Response from Dr. McGovern

Yes, a blood transfusion in the past could be responsible, especially if before 1992. The tattoo can be a problem if done among friends with a shared needle.

Await the PCR. If the viral load is detectable, he should have evaluation by someone knowledgeable about HCV infection. Not everyone develops disease. But, we also have effective treatments for HCV as well so he should be well regardless.

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