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Chronic hepatitis C, liver transplant, side effects of Interferon - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   my father has chronic hepatitis C
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details of the patient-Age: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Weight and Height: Dependents: Yes/ No.
User :   location :egypt- he married weight 60 k high 65 no deppendants
Doctor :   OK
User :   age 62y
Doctor :   please go ahead with ur medical query
Doctor :   regarding HEp c
User :   ok
User :   he has long time of medical treatment but no improvment.
Doctor :   ok
User :   so what in yur medical opinion?
Doctor :   patient response to the treatment depends vaires
Doctor :   varies
User :   he is early cirrosis
Doctor :   he has developed cirrhosis isit
User :   yes
Doctor :   considering his age and physical condition
User :   his age 62y and relativly stress
Doctor :   Yes, as I am chatting with some patients simultaneously. Please bear with us for a reply
User :   ok last question please
Doctor :   yes
User :   what in yur medical opinion interferon treatment?
User :   and what the best time for liver transplantation?
Doctor :   is he taking alfa interferon now
Doctor :   ?
User :   no
User :   he take liver support treatment
Doctor :   it is found to benefit in 25 % of the patient
Doctor :   and has show good recovery
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   approved treatments for chronic hepatitis C, especially for patients with consistently elevated liver enzymes or mild-to-moderate liver damage, is the biological drug interferon alpha
Doctor :   25 percent of patients, the drug has a pronounced effect, reducing HCV to very low levels in the blood
Doctor :   r u able to follow
Doctor :   r u there
Doctor :   any doubts please ask me
User :   sorry to bother yu
Doctor :   if ur dad is in liver faliure
Doctor :   transplant is best option
Doctor :   Liver transplantation does not cure HCV
Doctor :   or hep C infection
Doctor :   The majority of people with hepatitis C who receive liver transplants experience a recurrence of the virus
Doctor :   Those with HCV who receive liver transplants also are at accelerated risk of developing cirrhosis
Doctor :   Treatment with HCV-fighting medications may help prevent a recurrence of infection or treat recurrent illness that develops after a liver transplant. However, the effectiveness of this type of treatment after a liver transplant is unclea
User :   but actually doctors not treated with interferon
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   it could benefit him
Doctor :   studies have shown improvement in 25 % of the patient worldwide
Doctor :   it might benefit him
User :   so what about side effect?
Doctor :   Interferon side effects include severe flu-like symptoms, irritability, depression, concentration and memory problems, skin irritation, fatigue and insomnia
User :   ok
Doctor :   any doubts
Doctor :   did the treating doctor suggest this treatment?
User :   no
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   anything else u want to know about
User :   iam pharmacist
Doctor :   ok
User :   thank yu.
Doctor :   ur welcome
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