Jul 20, 2008
My mother is a patient of Hep C. Few days back she felt that there are some fliuids in her abdomin. Alpha feto protiens test shows that 206.2 IU/ML. Is it milignnant ascities? and please tell me if we drain this fluid what are the chances that it will become a regulat practice to drain it again and again.? thanks
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
There are tests that can be done on the fluid to determine if there are malignant cells in the fluid. That is a high level of alpha feto protein (AFP), and are suggestive of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), or liver cancer. A liver scan can also help make the determination. In many people with HCC caused by HCV infection, they develop accumulations of fluid in the abdomen that do require periodic drainage.
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