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Forum Name: Liver Diseases
Question: timeline for symptoms
|musedeplath - Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:38 pm|
I was just wondering how long after infection with a liver-related disorder that any clay-colored stools would occur. Does this begin after a number of years or after 15-50 days? Thanks in advance.
|Dr. Leigh Anderson - Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:16 pm|
If you are referring to the infection of Hep C ?
Hepatitis C is usually spread from one person to another by direct exposure to infected blood or blood products, and needles or other sharp objects. (body piercings, tattoos ).
Although chronic hepatitis C may not produce symptoms, the damage to the liver often continues and gets worse with time. When the liver is damaged (for example, by the hepatitis C virus), it tries to repair itself and forms small scars. This scar formation is called fibrosis. . The liver damage caused by chronic hepatitis C usually occurs gradually over a period of 20 years.
Because hepatitis C infection can damage the liver without any symptoms, it is important to get diagnosed early and discuss treatment options with your doctor.
Clay colored stools can be passed without the presence of Liver problems.
|musedeplath - Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:57 pm|
Thanks so much for your reply. I went to see my physician today and he did not seem concerned at all - so I guess everything is well. Thanks again Dr. Anderson
|Dr. Leigh Anderson - Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:05 pm|
You are very welcomed
Take care Always
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