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Liver Disease I chose liver disease as my subject specifically Hepatitis C HCV because my father was diagnosed with HCV in 1999 He went on Interferon every other day for six months in 2000 and it didnt work He went on it again every day for 18 months starting in 2001 and it still did not work He had carried this disease for 30 years without knowing he had it He found out by going to a Podiatrist for a heal spur The Doctor wanted to put him on a medication that is hard on the liver and as a precaution took some tests to see how his liver was functioning Now he is on the national liver transplant list and has been for over 3 years He has never received a blood transfusion and has never taken intravenous drugs We think that he may have gotten the disease from a tattoo when he was sixteen The liver is the largest organ in the body and is essential in keeping the body functioning properly It removes or neutralizes poisons from the blood produces immune agents to control infection and removes germs and bacteria from the blood The liver also makes proteins that regulate blood clotting and produces bile to help absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins You cannot live without a functioning liver In cirrhosis of the liver scar tissue replaces normal healthy tissue blocking the flow of blood through the organ and preventing it from working as it should Liver damage from cirrhosis cannot be reversed but treatment can stop or delay further progression and reduce complications Cirrhosis is the twelfth leading cause of death by disease killing about 26000 people each year HCV is a leading indication for liver transplants HCV is a blood disease that resides in the blood stream and concentrates in the liver When it invades liver cells it reproduces and spreads HCV is spread primarily by direct contact
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