By Stephen C. Fabry, R. Anand Narasimhan
There are nearly 2.5 million instances of Hepatitis C within the usa and nearly two hundred million world wide. even if you are a newly clinically determined sufferer, a pal or relative of somebody with Hepatitis C, this e-book bargains support. Written through physicians from Lahey health facility clinical middle, Dr. Fabry and Dr. Narasimhan, this booklet presents authoritative, sensible solutions to the most typical questions about Hepatitis C.
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Additional info for 100 Q&A About Hepatitis C: A Lahey Clinic Guide
The most common imaging test of the liver—in cases of hepatitis C—is the ultrasound. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans are typically performed as follow-up measures when the ultrasound shows an abnormality; these tests are discussed in a later question. An ultrasound can provide a lot of information about the liver and the severity of a patient’s liver disease. When a patient develops cirrhosis, the size and texture of the liver and spleen may change. Patients who are experiencing liver failure may have a buildup of fluid in the abdomen (called ascites).
Hepatitis E is similar to hepatitis A but is almost never seen in the United States. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B are the two most important viruses in this group, and every patient with hepatitis C should be tested for these viruses. HAV is often spread through ingestion of contaminated food or water. Epidemics are common in lowsocioeconomic populations where sanitary conditions are less than ideal. Patients may be asymptomatic or may present with jaundice (yellow skin). Almost all patients who are infected with HAV recover fully.
Robert’s comments: The results of my biopsy indicated I had liver fibrosis at a stage of 2–3 (on a scale of 4). Although there is no way to be certain, I feel sure the combination of moderate to heavy alcohol use along with the virus was primarily responsible Natural History and Symptoms nificantly increases the amount of liver damage in patients with hepatitis C, and light alcohol use leads to milder increases in liver damage. The implication of these studies is both simple and obvious: patients with hepatitis C should not drink alcohol.
100 Q&A About Hepatitis C: A Lahey Clinic Guide by Stephen C. Fabry, R. Anand Narasimhan