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  1. Protease Inhibitors (PIs) for Hepatitis C

    Drug details for Protease Inhibitors (PIs) for Hepatitis C.

  2. What the Liver Does - Topic Overview

    A healthy liver performs the following functions: It regulates the composition of blood,including the amounts of sugar (glucose),protein,and fat that enter the bloodstream. It removes bilirubin,ammonia,and other toxins from the blood. (Bilirubin is a by-product of the breakdown of hemoglobin from red blood cells.) It processes most of the nutrients absorbed by the intestines during ...

  3. Liver Biopsy

    A percutaneous liver biopsy is done by inserting a long needle between two of the right lower ribs to remove a sample of liver tissue.

  4. Hepatitis C Home Test - Topic Overview

    You may prefer to find out on your own whether you have been infected with the hepatitis C virus.You can buy a home test called a Home Access Hepatitis C Check kit, which you can find in most drugstores. The kit contains a sharp instrument (lancet) that you use to draw a small amount of blood from your fingertip.You place the sample on a piece of collection paper and mail it in a prepaid envelope to a lab for testing. After 10 days, you can call a toll-free number and receive your results using your confidential identification number. If the test shows you have hepatitis C, it is important to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the results. The home test only looks for hepatitis C antibodies, which indicate that you have been exposed to the virus in the past. The test does not tell you if you currently have an infection. Your doctor can order another test that looks for hepatitis C virus RNA. This test can tell if you have an active infection now. Additional testing can

  5. Hepatitis C: Your Risk for Cirrhosis - Topic Overview

    Up to 85% of people who are infected with the hepatitis C virus will develop long-term (chronic) infection.1 About 25% of people who have chronic hepatitis C will go on to develop cirrhosis—severe liver damage and scarring—after a period of about 20 years or more.2Certain factors may affect how quickly problems such as cirrhosis or liver cancer develop.The way cirrhosis develops depends on:3How much liver damage you had when you were diagnosed and how long you have had the infection. The amount of liver damage you have compared with how long you have had hepatitis C can help determine how likely it is that you will develop cirrhosis.Your age when you were infected. People who are older than 40 when they become infected may develop cirrhosis more quickly. How much alcohol you drink. People who drink too much alcohol (heavy drinking) can develop cirrhosis much more quickly than people with who do not drink or who drink very little alcohol.Your gender. Men may develop cirrhosis more

  6. Hepatitis C Guide - Exams and Tests

    Learn about exams and tests for hepatitis C.

  7. Hepatitis C - Home Treatment

    Read about steps you can take at home that may help you feel better both physically and emotionally if you have hepatitis C.

  8. Hepatitis C Guide - Prevention

    There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C, but you can reduce your risk of becoming infected if:You do not share needles to inject drugs. If you are injecting drugs, the best way to protect yourself is by not sharing needles or other equipment (such as c

  9. Hepatitis C Guide - Topic Overview

    What is hepatitis C? Learn about this virus that infects the liver.

  10. Hepatitis C - Other Treatment

    Some people seek out complementary medicines or alternative ways to treat their hepatitis C.

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