Illnesses that can emerge with hepatitis
Liver Illnesses common at mean age 30 years undiagnosed with HBV
The percentages of long term HBV patients having these ailments are averaged from different published medical studies
Gall stones 10%
Liver failure 5%
Liver Cancer (hepatitis B) 3%
Poor Liver Function Test’s 20%
Other Illnesses Linked with Viral Hepatitis-central.com and Hepatitis B Trust
The hepatitis B/C virus’s mainly affect the liver, but other illnesses are associated with them. These mainly affect the skin, eyes, joints, immune system, nervous system and kidneys. Some of these conditions– Cryoglobulinemia, for example – are somewhat more common and well-documented, while others are infrequent or their association with hepatitis has been less documented.
Several studies have found that between 70-74% of patients experience non liver conditions.
Common highlights conditions that have called us on the helpline often,
Speech marks highlight frequent patient statements on the helpline.
Daily helpline comments “HBV & HCV can affect the skin.” “And cause painful and wearying conditions.” below
Common Peripheral Neuropathy
Increased Sjogren‟s syndrome
Increased Lichen myxoedematosus
Increased Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
Increased Thyroid Disease hyperthyroidism
Common Arthritis poly and monooligoarthritis.
Mooren Corneal Ulceration
Common Persistently high ALTs
Rare Lichen Planus
Weekly on the helpline “HBV & HCV affects the veins, kidneys and blood and their many functions”.
Increased Immune Thrombocytopenic
Increased Systemic Lupus
Increased Insulin Resistance
Rare Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Rare Behcet‟s Disease
Rare Cerebral Vasculitis
Increased Membranous Nephropathy
Monthly “HBV & HCV can affect the lungs.” & “HBV & HCV can cause non liver cancers.”
Increased Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia
Increased Non-Hodgkin‟s Lymphomas
Asthma Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Bile duct cancer
It is important to remember that the vast majority of people with hepatitis may never experience the more severe types of these non liver illnesses above. The great shame is so often these conditions are treated without any thought they may be Hepatitis driven by General Practitioners and Hospital Specialists as well as support groups and patients. One caller had nine of the above ailments plus cirrhosis, fibrosis and viral hepatitis.