Illnesses that can emerge from Hepatitis B

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%
Cirrhosis 20% 
Fibrosis 30% 
Liver failure 5%
Liver Cancer (hepatitis B) 3%
Poor Liver Function Test’s 20%

Other Illnesses Linked with Viral 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 
Common Pruritus 
Increased Lichen myxoedematosus   
Common Arthralgia 
Increased Vitiligo                                                  
Common Fatigue 
Increased Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
Common Fibromyalgia 
Increased Thyroid Disease hyperthyroidism         
Common Arthritis poly and monooligoarthritis.
Mooren Corneal Ulceration 
Common Persistently high ALTs 
Spider Nevi
Cluster Headache     
Rare Lichen Planus

Weekly on the helpline “HBV & HCV affects the veins, kidneys and blood and their many functions”. 
Increased Thrombocytopenia
Increased Immune Thrombocytopenic 
Increased Systemic Lupus
Increased Vasculitis
Increased Insulin Resistance 
Rare Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy  
Raynaud‟s Syndrome
Rare Diabetes
Rare Behcet‟s Disease  
Common Cryoglobulinemia
Rare Cerebral Vasculitis    
Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis
Increased Membranous Nephropathy

Monthly “HBV & HCV can affect the lungs.” & “HBV & HCV can cause non liver cancers.” 
Increased Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia 
Multiple Myeloma  
Increased Non-Hodgkin‟s Lymphomas
Kidney Cancer  
Asthma Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis    
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Bile duct cancer 
NHL 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.
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