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Hepatitis C and skin blotches
Jun 29, 2000

Dear Dr.,

My husband has developed red blotches/marks over the last year on his skin (predominantly over his chest and upper arms) which his doctor says is due to his hepatitis C and often refers to 'heptomegalia'. What does this mean? He is not taking any treatment for it but has been on antiretroviral therapy for 8 years. Currently using Sustiva, DDI and 3Tc.

THank you in advance for your help and may I take the opportunity to say what a wonderful web site you have. A.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Thanks for your comments. Sometimes in the course of liver disease, especially when there is cirrhosis, red spots called spider angiomas appear on the chest above the nipples. If that is what they are, they signal cirrhosis and your husband should discuss treating his hepatitis with his MD. Hepatomegaly means big liver and usually also means something is wrong. You should address this with your husband's MD. DTD



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