Hepatitis virus used as a weapon against the rejection in transplant patients


According to research recently published by the journal Science Traslational Medicine, the hepatitis C virus (known as HCV) has become an interesting tool when faced with rejection in liver transplant patients.

As reported by the abovementioned study, 50% of people infected with hepatitis C (17 out of a total of 34) who underwent transplantation were able to maintain the performance of their new liver, even after they stopped taking immunosuppressive drugs – a type of drug administered to this type of patient so that their body does not recognise the transplanted organ as a foreign entity, with the risk of rejection that this implies.

This is a situation, which, in spite of the high percentage of patients in whom it works (50% of cases), has no clinical application. In view of the fact that the risk of rejection disappeared in one out of two patients - as shown in the investigation - hepatitis C infection could cause the rapid onset of cirrhosis in the transplanted organ. In any event, it is possible that this research may become a discovery that brings to light part of the unknown behaviour of our immune system. An investigation that offers not only new answers, but also new questions According to Read more

Hepatitis: one of the greatest threats to our liver

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver which prevents it from being able to carry out its duties properly. The appearance of this disease may lead to cirrhosis of the liver or even cancer.

The liver is an organ that is essential to the functioning of our body in the following ways: it develops an important detoxifying role, removes materials from our blood that could harm us, secretes bile and stores glycogen and vitamins.

That is why, at Best Doctors, we believe that it is important to know the symptoms of hepatitis and how it can be transmitted, because we are convinced that information plays an important role in your health. Symptoms that might go unnoticed Hepatitis can appear without showing obvious or mild symptoms such as the following: Diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting Loss of appetite Abdominal pain Dark urine Pale-coloured stools Jaundice: yellowing of the skin The ABC of hepatitis: Here are the main differences between the three basic types of hepatitis: Hepatitis A virus (HAV) It is present in stools and is often transmitted through consumption of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A can Read more