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What Hepatitis Is Most Likely To Cause Cirrhosis

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Liver Cirrhosis

My mother-in-law, 52 y/o was diagnosed of Liver Cirrhosis last Feb. 10, 2008.On Feb. 14 she was underwent some lab tests in particular HBsAg & its results was reactive.Feb. 27 she was advised by another doctor for a lab test HBV-DNA-VIRAL LOAD...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
That's a very low viral load is the cirrhosis is due to HBV infection. Given that the antigen test is positive though, HBV is the likely cause unless there are other causes (such other viruses, alcohol, other medical diseases, etc)... Read more »

Cirrhosis caused by HBV or HBC

Dear Dr. McGovern,Is Cirrhosis caused by HBV or HBV reversible if treated? Thank you....
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Cirrhosis is a term that just refers to the architecture of the liver - a nodular liver. A cirrhotic liver does not make proteins normally.Cirrhosis can develop from many different causes such as viral hepatitis (B or C), alcohol, fatty liver,... Read more »

Cirrhosis and HIV (causes?)

Dr. Dieterich, I hope you can answer my question about possible causes of Cirrhosis of the Liver. I am poz, and also diabetic (32 years insulin dependent). I now have ascites, and a recent cat scan revealed Ihave stage II liver disease. My...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
You could have NASH from the diabetes or you could have a reactivation of HBV which can be diagnosed by doing an HBV DNA by PCR. The NASH can be diagnosed with a biopsy if it is not too risky. You could also have other things like hemochromatosis,... Read more »

Please Help!! Just found out I have Cirrhosis and I am devestated!!

Dear Dr. Dieterich, I am so distraught. I just found out I have Cirrhosis of the liver. I believe I got it from Hepatitis B. My last blood results were....Hep B surface AG-negativeHeb B core AB Total-PositiveHeb B core AB IGM-PositiveHeb B...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
That is surprising, however not that surprising. You can live a long time with cirrhosis and liver transplant is always possible, but not always necessary. You should also ask your MD to make sure the DNA is done by PCR and that HCV RNA is also done... Read more »
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Hepatitis B question - would anyone know?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I'm a 26 yr old male that was born with Hepatitis B. I'm in a monogamous relationship with my girlfriend, who is vaccinated with the Hep B vaccine.

We have been searching ALL OVER -- the internet, contacting the CDC, asking our physicians -- for a... Read more »

Hepatitis A:Causes,Symptoms,Prevention & Treatment

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Aalso known as infectious hepatitis, is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus, HAV. This is comparatively a mild disease which does not progress to a chronic stage. Persons who have contracted the disease may have no symptoms... Read more »

hepatitis and swollen nodes?

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are flu-like symptoms passable?

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