First Steps: Understanding Hepatitis C and What You Can Do About It. August 19, 2008. What is Hepatitis?. Inflammation of the liver Causes Viruses Toxins Genetic Disorders Bacteria Parasites Unknown causes. Liver. Largest internal organ Located on right side under rib cage 3 lbs
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August 19, 2008
Basically, the liver processes everything we eat, drink, swallow, breathe and/or absorb!
How many quarts of blood does the liver filter every minute?
A. .5 quart
B. 1 quart
Muscle, joint, fever
Loss of appetite
**Symptoms do not correlate to disease progression
Which of these can be avoided by getting a vaccine?
A. Hepatitis A
B. Hepatitis B
C. Hepatitis C
Fibrosis: Light Scarring of the liver
Cirrhosis: Extensive scarring
Increases side effects of interferon, especially fatigue
Shortness of breath
Vary injection sites
Low doses of pain relievers
Drink lots of water
Small frequent meals
Plenty of rest
(low white blood cells)
Thrombocytopenia (low platelets)
Depression / anxiety
Treat with anti-depressants / anti-anxiety drugs
General HealthMonitoring Therapy – Potential Problems
they are for &
how they are
What is the most important thing you can do when in the doctor’s office?
A. Follow doctor’s instructions
B. Be your own advocate
C. Remember everything said