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Symptoms Of Poor Liver Function And Aids Patients

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Caring for Your Liver if You Have HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents Liver Basics Symptoms of Liver Damage Tests for Liver Damage The Liver and HIV Liver Disease and Women Caring for Your Liver Taking Care of Yourself Liver Basics Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body. It is also the largest -- about the size of a football. It is protected from injury behind the lower right section of your ribs. The liver acts as your body's chemical processing...
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what minor symptoms may indicate a sick liver

Hi,I am worried about HCC caused by Hepatitis. In many cases, HCC kills the patient within months! So I feel that a yearly liver test may not be sufficient...I would like to know if there are some minor symptoms to watch out for.As you know, when a...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
HCC is actually a slow growing tumor and surveillance should be about every 6 months. There are no particular symptoms except for pain and weight loss.If a person with chronic hepatitis turns yellow, it can mean many different things like... Read more »

Is poor mental health due to progression of AIDS

I am a 48yo male homosexual. I was diagnosed with AIDS in March '97 when I was hospitalized with PCP. I had never been tested before that. In reviewing my history, I believe that I have been HIV+ at least since the mid 80's. My lastest...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
First just describe how you are feeling to your ID doctor and ask for a referral to a psychiatrist who is also a specialist in HIV. It is difficult but necessary to obtain a good diagnostic assessment of how much of the problem is physiological and... Read more »

ALT a poor indicator of active liver inflammation?

Dr McGovern,I have a question about the correlation of ALT and the degree of liver inflammation. I read that such correlation is quite weak. An ALT level of say 300 IU versus 100 IU might actually reflect the same level of inflammation activity in...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Excellent question.1. ALT is a good indicator IN GENERAL of liver inflammation. Many studies do show a correlation. HOWEVER...having a normal ALT does not assure a patient that they do not have liver inflammation. You are absolutely correct in... Read more »

Preserving liver function on medication

What is the best starting treatment for patients wanting to perserve their liver functions?...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
All HIV medications have potential liver toxicity. The two that are differentiated with higher rates of liver side effects are nevirapine (Viramune) and ritonavir (Norvir). One caveat is that the liver toxicity data pertains to high dose Norvir... Read more »
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Liver Function

Posted by NYRN, 1 Reply
I'm taking viread, invirase, didanosine, zidovudine and valtrex and my latest labs indicate high on the liver screens. Has anyone had any liver issues - I don't drink so it's not that! Read more »

Loss of cognitive function

Posted by ScotCharles, 6 Replies
Friends, I believe I am losing my ability to think.

As I have posted here, my liver is going haywire due in large part to the meds I take. Reyetaz is causing my bilirubin levels to rise, causing my eyes to take on a yellowish cast and my skin to... Read more »

Which 3 states gives best HIV treatment to poor

Posted by Anonymous
My son want to leave massachusetts. They give grea6t care to HIV patients and medical coverage run by the state. Which other states in the the midatlantic or southeast also are known for the best care for the poor. He doesnt like to work alot. Read more »

Boon for HIV & AIDS patients - Yoga Pranayama ....

Posted by akumar, 2 Replies
Boon for HIV & AIDS patients - Yoga & Pranayama - Swami Ramdev
From: akumar

My dear Brothers & Sisters,

Re: Great ancient Indian science "Yoga & Pranayama" is a boon for HIV & AIDS patients.

I am impressed by the Great job, being... Read more »