Hepatitis C is a serious disease, but recent advances in medicine have made it easier to treat than ever before. Gastroenterologists Mihaela Galica Vladutiu, MD and Karim Sayad, MD offer treatment for hepatitis C patients in New York City at their practice, Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology. If you have hepatitis C and need caring, expert treatment, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.
The word “hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. It’s also the name of a family of viral infections that cause liver inflammation, including hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Of those three, hepatitis C is the only one for which there’s no vaccine yet.
Hepatitis C is a contagious disease that results from a viral infection of the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which most commonly spreads via contact with contaminated blood.
There are two phases of hepatitis C, acute and chronic:
HCV spreads when the blood of an infected person enters your bloodstream. Certain factors can increase your risk of getting hepatitis C, such as:
Signs and symptoms include:
The team at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology can test your blood to determine whether you have hepatitis C. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, they may recommend hepatitis C screening if you fall into a high-risk group.
If you have hepatitis C, they may use additional tests to assess liver damage, such as:
Treatment varies, depending on your needs. Dr. Vladutiu or Dr. Sayad may recommend antiviral medications to treat hepatitis C. Recent medical developments have made these medications much easier to take and more effective than ever before.
If you’re suffering from, or at risk of, developing Hepatitis C, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.