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interferon
Dec 6, 2001

is it wise to go on interferon treatment if you have developed cirrhosis as a result of hep-c?

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Well, there is cirrhosis and cirrhosis. If the cirrhosis is stable and there is no fluid in the abdomen(ascites) or swelling in the feet(edema) or mental confusion (encephalopathy) it is reasonably safe. That is called compensated cirrhosis. The data in HIV negative persons suggest that there is a significant chance of cure of hepatitis C almost as high as in people without cirrhosis. If the cirrhosis is decompensated it is fairly risky to treat, however in an experianced liver MD's hands it is not totally crazy. I do do it under certain circumstances. DTD



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