It has the potential to be a silent killer if it’s not caught in time. Doctors at Anderson Regional Health Systems are doing their part to warn people in Meridian about the dangers of hepatitis C.
“Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus. There are approximately 2.4 million people in the U.S infected,” said Dr. William Gregory Thaggard, MD, a gastroenterologist with Anderson Digestive Center.
Health experts say that people living with hepatitis C don’t have symptoms, but it is recommended for those that were born in the year 1945 to 1965 to get screened. Anyone that received donated before the year 1992 are also recommended for screening.
“People infected with this virus have the potential to develop psoriasis, which is loss of function of the liver. It can require a liver transplant,” Dr. Thaggard explains.
Luckily, health professionals at Anderson Regional Health System are doing what they can to treat the virus.
“We manage patients with hepatitis C in one location, we have a pharmacist on hand and liver specialist to evaluate the patients,” says Dr. Thaggard.
Treatment is specialized to meet the care of the client’s conditions.
“Depending on the virus or the genotype, treatment may need to be altered based on the extent of the disease or other conditions that they may have; including kidney disease or advanced liver disease.” said Dr. William Gregory Thaggard, MD, a gastroenterologist with Anderson Digestive Center.