By Stephen C. Fabry, R. Anand Narasimhan

ISBN-10: 0763740772

ISBN-13: 9780763740771

There are nearly 2.5 million situations of Hepatitis C within the usa and nearly two hundred million all over the world. no matter if you are a newly clinically determined sufferer, a pal or relative of somebody with Hepatitis C, this booklet bargains support. Written by way of physicians from Lahey hospital scientific heart, Dr. Fabry and Dr. Narasimhan, this ebook offers authoritative, sensible solutions to the most typical questions on Hepatitis C.

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For example, if a patient presents with abnormal liver tests and a diagnosis is not clear after initial testing, a liver biopsy may be performed to find a diagnosis. qxd 8/31/06 3:50 PM Page 47 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT HEPATITIS C Testing and Evaluation Figure 3 Technique of Liver Biopsy dysfunction such as drug reaction, autoimmune hepatitis, alcohol use, or cancer for which blood tests and xrays are often nonspecific. In hepatitis C, a liver biopsy is usually performed to assess the degree of damage to the liver.

Hepatitis C is one of many viruses that can cause inflammation of the liver or hepatitis. Other viruses that primarily attack the liver include hepatitis A (HAV), hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis D, and hepatitis E. Viruses such as cytomegalovirus, infectious mononucleosis, and herpes simplex usually attack other parts of the body but can occasionally cause hepatitis. Hepatitis D is extremely rare and can only infect a person who has chronic hepatitis B. Hepatitis E is similar to hepatitis A but is almost never seen in the United States.

The actual procedure was not that bad. There was some slight pain (more of a slight burning sensation) that extended internally across my abdomen. This pain disappeared after about 2 hours. The recovery time was 3 hours, with about half of that time spent lying on my right side (the entry side of the biopsy). The most important thing for the patient is to discontinue use of blood-thinning products before the biopsy. It is also very important to remain still during the procedure. I believe the biopsy needle passes close to some other organs.

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