Many people with hepatitis go undiagnosed, because the disease is mistaken for the flu or because there are no symptoms at all. The most common symptoms of hepatitis are:
Loss of appetite
Muscle or joint aches
Nausea and vomiting
Less common symptoms include:
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
Altered mental state, stupor, or coma
Liver transplantation is a
risky, expensive procedure. And donor organs are hard to get. Most of the
time, only people who are in good health (other than having liver disease) are
considered for a transplant. You will not be considered if you are drinking
alcohol, using illegal drugs, or have certain mental health problems.
liver transplant, you will need lifelong follow-up care by a specialist. You
also will need to take immunosuppressant medicine to keep your body from
rejecting the new liver. This medicine may cause other problems.
Hepatitis C almost always infects the newly transplanted liver. Recurring
liver disease after a transplant can be a serious problem and may cause the new
organ to fail. But most patients do very well after a liver transplant and are
able to live normal lives.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 06, 2011
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