Hello all....I have just become aware of my ex-husband having hep-C, cirrhosis, esophageal varices, liver failure. I just spoke with his wife who states that he is now suffering from altered mental status due to an ammonia level of 119. She states their doctor is starting him on a medication to bring this level down. From my limited reading on the net, I was wondering if an increase in the ammonia level is directly related to encephalopathy and if so, does this mean that the liver damage is beyond regeneration? I have a daughter, age 17, who was also made aware of her father's condition. I am wondering if my ex has liver damage that could cost him his life?
Also, since we do not know when my ex contracted hep-C, should I be tested for the disease? We have been divorced for 15 years; in 1996 I was tested on a hepatitis panel for my work in the health care field. Would the hep-C have been shown on that test or should I be retested?
For all of your help, thank you. For those of you suffering this debilitating disease and those who love you, God bless you.