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What Happens If Hepatitis Is Not Treated

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Hepatitis: Overview

What Is Hepatitis? Viral Hepatitis Prevention and Treatment Other Types of Hepatitis Medication Problems Alternative Approaches What Is Hepatitis? Hepatitis means an inflammation, or swelling, of the liver. Viruses can cause hepatitis. Alcohol, drugs (including prescription medications), or poisons can also cause hepatitis. So can opportunistic infections such as Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC, see Fact Sheet 514 ) or...
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Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Good question.Doctors who treat hepatitis C include hepatologists or infectious disease doctors.... Read more »
Lynn E. Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Lynn E. Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Brown University
Hepatitis B can cause scarring of the liver, called cirrhosis. Once we have cirrhosis of the liver, other parts of our bodies, including our kidneys, can give out. Our bodies can get sick in a number of ways as the cirrhosis progresses. Hepatitis B... Read more »

treat low platelets in hepatitis c

i have undergone treatment for hepatitis c for two weeks but stopped due to low platelets. after a year i am still at count 38, sgot 83 sgpt 122, gamma gt 114. i would like to know what treatments are available for me now....
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
There is a drug called eltrombopag which is a platelet growth factor. However, it is only approved for use in cancer patients. Its safety has not been established in patients with cirrhosis. I think I would wait to see if you could be considered for... Read more »

why is hepatitis must better treated than Hiv?

Dr. Young,I was wondering how some people can be cured when getting treatment for hep c and hep b when hiv cant be cured? Could you explain to me why this is?Andre ...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Andre- thanks for your questions.Long story short, two different viruses (HBV, HCV), two different treatments and prognosis (for long-term suppresion or "cure"). HBV is like a retrovirus (similar to HIV), and incorporates its genes into... Read more »
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Has anyone had this happen?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Four months ago my rectum began to bleed and became swollen to the point where it keeps me from going to the bathroom on a regular basis. In response to me not going to the bathroom, my appetite has been cut in half and over the course of four... Read more »

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Posted by Broken_Angel1, 11 Replies
If this offends or bothers anyone...I apologize in advance. That is not what this is about...it comes from my heart. I will be away from the board for a while but will respond to anyone who has questions as soon as I can.



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Hepatitis testing

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I know this isn't a hiv question,but does anyone know if hepatitis B and C testing is as accurate at 6 months as hiv tesing.Just wondering as ive tested neg for hiv and hep at 6 months,I know that the hiv is 100% accurate at 6 months but don't know... Read more »

cocaine hiv and hepatitis c

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I WAS DOING COCAINE WITH A COUPLE ONE NIGHT AND THEY HANDED ME THE STRAW AFTER I DID A LINE I LOOKED AND IT HAD BLOOD IN AND AROUND THE STRAW. I HAD A
COLD SORE IN MY NOSE. THE GIRL CALLED ME ;ATER AND TOLD ME HE HAS HEPATITIS C AND HIV CALLED CDC... Read more »