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stage vs. viral count
Aug 8, 2005

I am a 45yr. female with hep c genotype 1b, stage 2, and a viral count of 38,500,000. The doctor said I have mild liver damage but the highest count she's ever seen. What does 38 million mean to me and what does stage 2 mean?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Stage refers to the amount of fibrosis or scarring in the liver as a result of HCV infection. The scale goes from 0-4, with 4 being cirrhosis. Stage 2 would be considered mild to moderate fibrosis, indicating some damage to the liver. A HCV viral load would be considered extremely high, but I have seen higher. Has treatment been discussed?



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