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Stage 4 Inflam-3 to Dr. Palmer:
chestn posted:
Is there a time limit regarding progression of my liver getting to the point beyond be able to have treatment? I haven't started yet, but have been very depressed and the Dr. said he would not treat me till the depression was under control. This dr. is my 2nd opinion for treatment.
Melissa Palmer, MD responded:
The current standard of care treatment for HCV is not indicated for people who have decompensated cirrhosis - i.e those who have ascites,( fluid retention) esophageal varices ( enlarged blood vessels in the esophagus, or heaptic encephalopathy ( brain fog). patients who have stable cirrhosis may go on therapy. Since treatment may worsen depression, it is typically recommended to have depression well-controlled prior to beginning treatment.
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Thank you for answering my post. fran

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