Viral hepatitis is a disease for both developed and developing countries...and can often be prevented.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 19, 2013
On August 16, 2013, host Tanya Mack of The Doctors Roundtable on BusinessRadioX® sat down with Dr. Enrique Martinez to discuss the basic information around Hepatitis A, B and C as well as at-risk populations and exciting new drug therapies on the horizon.
Enrique J. Martinez M.D., FACP, practices with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, based at Emory in the midtown location of Atlanta. Dr. Martínez has been widely published in both textbooks and peer-reviewed journals and is a noted lecturer on liver disease, liver transplantation and hepatitis. He serves as Medical Co-Director of Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates' Liver Center.
Hot on the heels of World Hepatitis Day, which was July 28th, hepatitis remains a global problem. According to Dr. Martinez, "Viral hepatitis is a disease for both developed and developing countries that causes an estimated 1-3 million deaths globally and can often be prevented. This disease can cause unnecessary suffering." Viral hepatitis is a group of five unrelated viruses (A, B, C, D and E) that can cause both acute and chronic infections, some of which do not cause symptoms and can lay dormant for decades before people learn they are infected. Like some heart diseases, viral hepatitis can be a “silent killer.” Symptoms can later show up and lead to chronic liver disease and even liver cancer long after exposure.
Explained Dr. Martinez, "Vaccines are available for Hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B is treatable." Common symptoms of hepatitis infections include nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain and dark urine. Transmission of the virus varies to the virus type. Diagnosis is made through blood tests that can identify the virus. Many acute viral hepatitis infections resolve spontaneously. However, chronic hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis and death. Treatment involves symptom management, drug treatment and, in extreme cases, liver transplant.
To learn more about hepatitis vaccines and treatments, tune in to this episode of The Doctors Roundtable.
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