Hepatology Information Center Features Archive

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

A greater understanding of the healthcare issues specific to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community may improve the quality of care.

Signs and symptoms of hepatitis C virus infection

Signs and symptoms of hepatitis C virus infection

Education of high risk populations and regular testing are crucial steps clinicians can take to stem the spread of hepatitis C infection.

Pain in a person with hepatitis C and a fatty pancreas

Pain in a person with hepatitis C and a fatty pancreas


An obese patient with chronic hepatitis C, diabetes, advanced cirrhosis, and fatty pancreas presents with chronic right-to-middle upper-abdomen pain.

USPSTF: Screen high-risk groups for HBV

USPSTF: Screen high-risk groups for HBV

Patients at risk for HBV infection include HIV-positive individuals, injection-drug users, and household contacts of those with HBV.

Hepatitis C and eczema

Hepatitis C and eczema


Several dermatologic manifestations of hepatitis C infection have been described.

When to refer hepatitis C patients for specialist treatment

When to refer hepatitis C patients for specialist treatment

How can clinicians determine which patients will benefit most from specialist referral in resource-limited settings?

Standard of care for patients with elevated liver enzymes

Standard of care for patients with elevated liver enzymes

What is the standard of care for a patient with elevated liver function tests?

Should fatty liver be considered in spontaneous bleeding?

Should fatty liver be considered in spontaneous bleeding?

A who takes acetaminophen for chronic neck and back pain awakens to a bloody nose and blood-soaked pillow. Could liver disease be to blame?

What to do with a positive hepatitis C test

What to do with a positive hepatitis C test

If the treatment goal of viral eradicatication cannot be met, strive to slow disease progression, lower risk of liver cancer, and improve quality of life.

The best tests for hepatitis C

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody remains active even in an individuals treated successfully or those who clear the virus. Learn how to avoid unnecessary referrals.

Gynecomastia in a patient on dialysis

A 69-year-old man with multiple health conditions develops gynecomastia after hemodialysis. Are the two related?

A routine check-up 
reveals a significant 
genetic abnormality

A routine check-up 
reveals a significant 
genetic abnormality

A corrections officer came into the primary care office for a routine physical and left with an unexpected diagnosis.

How to treat lymphedema

What are the most effective therapies available to treat lymphedema?

Demystifying the liver and its diseases

Demystifying the liver and its diseases

An understanding of the liver and its functions will provide the tools to perform a basic workup of patients suspected of having hepatic disease.

Choosing the best inflammation marker

Which serologic measure of inflammation is the most cost-effective and reliable when monitoring inflammatory disease?

Diagnosing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is rapidly emerging as one of the most common "incidental findings" identified with radiographic testing. One in four adults is found to have the condition when undergoing abdominal ultrasound.

Mysterious stomach pain when coughing

Could a liver infarct be the cause of a patient's dull, intermittent pain in the right-upper-quadrant? Or is something else to blame?

Can a gluten-free diet tame inflammation?

Is there a connection between celiac disease (CD) and inflammation?

Confirming suspicions of hepatic encephalopathy

A patient is suspected of having hepatic encephalopathy (HE) attributable to liver failure from alcoholism.

New strategies against obesity comorbidities

New strategies against obesity comorbidities

Obese adults are at risk for many serious health conditions, including diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), depression and liver disease.

Extended therapy for hepatitis C

Is it reasonable to extend interferon and ribavirin therapy to 72 weeks to increase a patient's chance of achieving sustained viral response to hepatitis C?

Licorice

Licorice

Medically, licorice traditionally has been used as a general anti-inflammatory, antitussive, GI soothant, and for respiratory support. The potential for antiviral activity and hepatocellular protection in cases of hepatitis C has also been discussed.

Atrophic rash in a hepatitis C patient

Atrophic rash in a hepatitis C patient

Plaques develop on the face, trunk, and hands of a man with hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C: The Silent Epidemic

Hepatitis C: The Silent Epidemic

Four million people in the United States are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Many have had the virus for decades, without any symptoms, unknowingly passing it on to others.

An update on the ABCs of viral hepatitis

An update on the ABCs of viral hepatitis

Treatment for hepatitis A, B, and C keeps changing. Two infectious disease experts summarize the latest evidence, including information about hepatitis D.

More hep B testing called for

The CDC has expanded its testing recommendations for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and, for the first time, has provided health professionals with guidance for effective therapy.

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