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Author Topic: Help me understand these numbers  (Read 3947 times)

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Offline jearl957

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Help me understand these numbers
« on: April 24, 2017, 12:58:28 pm »
Help me out.
Is this high? Low?
Should I consider treatment?

HCV RNA QN TMA :    1569680 IU/mL   
HCV TMA:                  6.196 log10 IU/mL

Offline gnatcatcher

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Re: Help me understand these numbers
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2017, 01:49:29 pm »
Welcome, jearl957. The "1569680 IU/mL" means you have a little over one-and-a-half million International Units of HCV (Hepatitis C) per milliliter of blood. The "6.196 log10 IU/mL" is the same number expressed as a logarithm for the convenience of doctors.

You ask whether a little over one-and-a-half million is high: I had over nine million before I was treated and cured, and others on these forums have had even more. On the other hand, your number is high enough that, even if you were infected less than six months ago, it is unlikely that your immune system will be able to cure it without medicine. Today's treatments are easy to take (mine was one pill a day for 12 weeks) and highly effective, and most people experience either no side effects or only very mild ones.

Do you know your genotype (a Hep C subtype indicated by a number, possibly followed by a letter, such as 1a)? That would determine which treatments work best. Are your liver enzymes such as ALT and AST out of the normal range? That would be another indication of liver damage.

Please feel free to ask more questions as you have more test results.

Gnatty
9/29/71 transfusions
HCV genotype 1a
7/09/15-9/30/15 Harvoni

Before treatment:
Viral Load 9,490,582
FibroScan 19.5 kPa [F4]
ALT 262
AST 217
ALP 183

Most recent:
VL still UNDETECTED (SVR 102)
FibroScan 7.6 kPa [F1-2]
ALT 15
AST 20
ALP 85

Offline jearl957

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Re: Help me understand these numbers
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017, 02:55:36 pm »
Thank you so much for the response. My genotype is 1A.

All I know about my liver is that it's a little fatty. Other than that nobody has said anything, and generally it seems positive when I speak to the Dr.

Offline gnatcatcher

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Re: Help me understand these numbers
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 03:33:30 pm »
Have you been seen by a hepatitis specialist such as a gastroenterologist or infectious disease doctor who sees a lot of patients with hepatitis? Regular doctors (internists, family doctors) may not be "up" on the latest tests and treatments.
9/29/71 transfusions
HCV genotype 1a
7/09/15-9/30/15 Harvoni

Before treatment:
Viral Load 9,490,582
FibroScan 19.5 kPa [F4]
ALT 262
AST 217
ALP 183

Most recent:
VL still UNDETECTED (SVR 102)
FibroScan 7.6 kPa [F1-2]
ALT 15
AST 20
ALP 85

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Help me understand these numbers
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 03:49:51 am »
You have hepatitis c an infectious blood borne illness (although hep c in general is not that easy to transmit to others but you should not share personal items that could contain your blood like fingernail clippers, razors, or toothbrushes)

Over time hepatitis c can cause liver damage or other symptoms in some people.

If you want to be free of the hepatitis c virus you will need to be treated. The new meds are well tolerated and for most people with minimal side effects. The treatments are highly effective with cure rates around 98% or better. Treatment could be as simple a 1 pill a day for 8 weeks and you will be cured of hepatitis c.
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!
I AM FREE!

 


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