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When Hepatitis C Worsens

Treating Specific Complications continued...

Fluids in your belly (ascites): Your doctor may prescribe diuretics, drugs that help remove fluids from your body. He might use a needle to withdraw large amounts of fluid, if needed. Fluid buildup makes you more likely to get an infection, so you may also need oral or intravenous (IV) antibiotics.

Pressure in a portal vein leaving your liver: You’ll probably take beta-blockers, which may help reduce blood pressure in this vein and elsewhere in the body.

Bleeding in your esophagus: Your doctor will check for enlarged blood vessels in this tube that connects your mouth and stomach. He can use a device to compress the vessels and stop any bleeding. Medication can prevent further problems.

Toxins in the brain: You might take a laxative. In addition to what it’s best known for, this medication can also clear your blood of the toxins that cause brain fog. Lower the amount of protein you eat to take some stress off your liver. Your doctor may give you antibiotics.

Liver cancer: You and your doctor will discuss what type or combination of treatment might work best for you, such as chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery.

You may reach a point where liver damage can't be reversed and you have liver failure. Your doctor will work with you to control your symptoms and get on a list for a liver transplant.

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Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH on November 11, 2014
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