Liver - Hepatitis

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Hepatitis is an infection of the liver that causes liver inflammation.

  • Hepatitis A is often spread by poor sanitary habits including poor handwashing and may be transmitted by food handlers. It tends to be self-limited.
  • Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are spread by contact with infected body fluids.
  • Hepatitis D is spread in conjunction with hepatitis B and needs the B virus for it to survive in the body and cause liver damage.
  • Hepatitis E is a food or water borne infection.
  • There are vaccinations available to prevent hepatitis A and hepatitis B.
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Comment from: Martin, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 09

I had no symptoms, I discovered that I had hepatitis C after an insurance examination in 1996. I went through 2 or 3 interferon and ribavirin treatments. Very tough treatments, I had flu like symptoms and it also caused severe depression and hair loss. At one point my gastroenterologist said there was nothing more that he could do. I went to my family doctor in January this year and she encouraged me to go back to my gastroenterologist (I had stopped going to see him for 3 years). He put me on Harvoni, a 12 week course. I was checked after 1 month and I cleared. It has been 2 months now and time to be checked again. If it is not detectable at this point then I am considered cured; after 21 years.

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