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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/10/2008 12:42 AM (GMT -7)   
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.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 6/10/2008 1:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I can't help with the Hep-C questions. There are many people on this forum who I'm sure will be of great help. As far as his mental status that is encepalopathy . Thats why you take the med. probably lactulose . It makes you have frequent bowel movements to eliminate the toxins like ammonia in the liver. As far a regeneration, he will have to get a biopsy in order to find out how bad off he is. My liver disease is an unknown (cryptogenic) and my biopsy shows I am at ESLD. So I have gotten on the list for liver transplant. In the mean time I avoid red meat am on a low protine diet eat fruits and vegetables and pray for the best. Just hoping my husband can handle me when the encepalopathy strikes. When my ammonia gets high I get brain fog. I do strange things and sometimes don't make sense. So far the med. has worked and have been feeling quite well.

It's nice of you to be concerned about your ex. We need all the support we can get. I'm sure all of the wonderful friends on this forum will fill you in. june

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 197
   Posted 6/10/2008 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
tongue   Hi Nisi and welcome to HealingWell,
I have been married to my husband for 20 years and have been tested twice and am HepC negative. You probably are also, but to be sure is very comforting to know. Get a test so that you don't always have to be worring about it. OK

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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 12014
   Posted 6/10/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Nisi!  I agree that you should have a hep C test just for your own peace of mind, though it will probably be negative.  Hep C is not that easy to contract, as it's a blood-borne disease.  From what you said, if your ex has cirrhosis and liver failure, his liver is too damaged to regenerate healthy tissue.  He may require a transplant.  Yes, the increased amonia level causes encephalopathy, and lactulose is the medication used to bring the levels down through bowel movements.

Hope this helps.


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