Hepatitis c and Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is a slowly progressing disease in which healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue, eventually preventing the liver from functioning properly. The scar tissue blocks the flow of blood through the liver and slows the processing of nutrients, hormones, drugs, and naturally produced toxins. It also slows the production of proteins and other substances made by the liver.

End-stage hepatitis C means the liver has been severely damaged by the hepatitis C virus. The hepatitis C virus slowly damages the liver over many years, often progressing from inflammation to scarring (fibrosis) to permanent, irreversible scarring (cirrhosis). A majority of infected people don't even realize the damage has occurred.

Once you have cirrhosis, the liver is unable to heal itself. Treatment just tries to keep damage from worsening. (Although, in rare cases, cirrhosis can be reversed.) Symptoms of serious end-stage liver disease can begin to appear:

Livers - Hepatitis C Treatments

Persistent or recurring yellowing of your skin and eyes (jaundice)
Loss of appetite
Abdominal swelling due to fluid accumulation (ascites)
Disturbances of thinking

In some cases, the cirrhosis leads to liver cancer. More often, your liver continues to deteriorate to the point where the liver loses most or all of its function — liver failure. In addition, people with cirrhosis may also develop:
Gastrointestinal bleeding due to enlarged veins in the esophagus (esophageal varices)
Brain and nervous system damage due to the accumulation of toxins in the bloodstream (hepatic encephalopathy)

Cirrhosis the once referred to condition associated with alcoholics and drinking excessively. This is not the case.... The TRUTH behind cirrhosis is that ANYONE with severe liver conditions can get cirrhosis. You can have fatty liver disease, hepatitis c many other types of liver aliments and be diagnosed with cirrhosis. 
Here is a great article you need to read to learn more of if you have been diagnosed with hep c. Many factors play into this stage of disease and you need to be aware and watch closely for signs and symptoms.

The only effective treatment for people with end-stage liver disease is a liver transplant. Chronic hepatitic C virus is the most frequent cause of liver transplantation in the United States.  After the transplant, the hepatitis C virus returns, then the patient needs to try the treatment for hepatitis C, the patient needs to talk with the doctor to see when and how they can start the  treatment.
If you're diagnosed with hepatitis C or end-stage liver disease, it's very important that you see a doctor who specializes in gastrointestinal diseases or liver diseases (hepatologist).

Proud Members of :


World Hepatitis Alliance Members Logo