Here's the total biopsy report:
H&E sections show a core of liver tissue. Within the portal triads, a chronis inflammatory infiltrate is present. The infiltrate is comprised predominantly of small lymphocytes and scattered plasma cells. Focally, the infiltrate does extend beyond the limiting plate and into the surrounding hepatocytes. Within the lobule, focal chronic inflammation is present. Portal arteries, veins and bile ducts appear unremarkable. Central veins also appear unremarkable. A trichrome stain highlights fibrous expansion of the portal triads and focal extension of the fibrosis into the lobule. No bridging fibrosis is identified. An IRON STAIN highlights focal iron deposition, predominantly in Kupffer cells.
By the way: CURRENTLY AST = 61, AST= 80, T3 Uptake = 20 (should be 24+) All other blood is within normal ranges
Viral Load = 1,060,000
I was originally diagnosed in 96. Had biopsy and everything was normal.
Had normal results at annual physical from 97-03.
In O4 enzymes were high again AST=74, alt=105, Viral Load 4.5 mil.
Frankly, after the news in 04 I went into denial, started drinking more than ever and when the current analysis was done, I was drinkly quite heavily. The only difference was that I began taking a supplement called Juice Plus. Don't know if that had any affect on the reduction in counts or not.
I have quite drinking completely and have just had my blood tests ordered again. Should have the results in a few days.
My new DR. (whom I think is a numbskull) wants me to go on the interfuron/ribavarin immediately. He says that he always recommends that after the 2nd biopsy.
I plan on attempting to treat it herbally, eliminate the alcohol and employ a suppotive diet and check it again in about 6 months. The combo therapy scares me to death.
Any thoughts on the bove would be most appreciated.