Total Care for Hepatitis C at Advanced Gastro Center
Overview of Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a virus that attacks the liver and can lead to severe liver problems. It is transmitted through contaminated blood. Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C infection, there are new drugs that can successfully treat the disease.
Symptoms of Hepatitis C
There are no immediate symptoms when you are first infected with hepatitis C. However, over time several symptoms may develop. These include easy bleeding and bruising, poor appetite, fatigue, and jaundice – a yellowing of the skin and eyes.
Risk Factors of Hepatitis C
The primary risk factor is exposure to blood infected with hepatitis C. People born between 1945 and 1965 are the age group most affected by hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C Diagnosis
Infection with hepatitis C can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. If the disease has progressed, imaging such as MRI may be useful to look for liver damage. Also, in the case of liver damage, a liver biopsy may be undertaken.
Treatment of Hepatitis C
Recently-developed antiviral medications can be used to treat the hepatitis C virus itself. In the case of existing liver damage, though, you need an expert hepatologist, or liver specialist likes the ones at Advanced Gastro Center. Hepatitis may cause cirrhosis of the liver and increase your chance of liver cancer. However, complete and knowledgeable management can help to mitigate the damage. This is why you should choose the caring and experienced liver specialists at New Jersey Advanced Gastro Center for advanced care of your hepatitis.