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About HCV
overview

What is the significance of Hepatitis C?

Viral hepatitis, especially hepatitis C, is currently the most prevalent infectious disease in the U.S. It is estimated that more than 4.5 million Americans have been infected with hepatitis C and more than 30,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

Most common diagnosis methods are:

  • ELISA assay to detect Hepatitis C antibody
  • HCV RNA C PCR test
  • Liver enzymes
  • Liver biopsy shows chronic inflammation
  • Hepatitis C genotype. Six genotypes are present around the world. Most Americans have genotype 1 infection, which has lower response rates to Interferon based treatments.

Hepatitis C is an insidious and stealthy virus that mutates while hiding within liver and other organ cells, making it very difficult for the body's immune system to eradicate it. Additionally, hepatitis C tends to progress slowly over many years , resulting in as many as 74% to 85% of infected patients having few noticeable symptoms until they reach an advanced chronic stage. Hepatitis C results in 8,000 to 10,000 deaths annually. It is also the leading cause for liver transplants in the U.S. Without effective treatment, this figure is expected to triple within the next 10 to 20 years.

As the disease progresses, blood tests indicate elevated liver enzyme levels (ALT, AST), which are indicative of liver damage and inflammation. As the course of the disease gradually disrupts crucial liver functions, it progresses to cirrhosis in about 15%-25% of patients. A small percentage among these cases may progress to hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of primary liver cancer.

Although the severity of hepatitis C is much less than HIV infection, four times as many people are infected with HCV than HIV. The course of disease progression can take several decades, which allows considerable time for proper treatment and disease management.

Proper treatment, lifestyle, diet, abstinence from alcohol and stress management are key factors in mitigating disease progression.

 
 

 

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About HCV
Overview
Causes and Transmission

 
Diagnostic Tests
Antibody
HCV RIBA
HCV RNA 
Viral Load

Viral Genotyping

 
Major Signs
Liver Inflammation
Fibrosis
Cirrhosis

 
Peripheral Signs and Symptoms
Fatigue
Jaundice
Bile Retention
Joint Pains and Skin Rashes
Blood Sugar Instability
Portal Vein Hypertension
Ascites

 
Important Liver Function Test Markers
Overview
ALT and AST
ALP and GGT
Albumin
Bilirubin
PT (Prothrombin Time)
 
Liver Biopsy
Overview
Procedure
Inflammation Grade
Fibrosis Stage
 
Interferon Based Treatment
Overview
Ideal Candidate
Possible Side-effects
 
Liver Support with TCM
Overview
Liver Enzymes
Serum Albumin
Blood Clotting Factors
Bile metabolism
GGT
 
Dietary Considerations
Overview
Proteins
Essential Fats
Carbohydrates
Vitamins
 
 

 


 

 

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