What screening should patients with hepatitis C (hep C) infection and cirrhosis receive?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCPC, FIDSA; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patients with cirrhosis should be screened for hepatocellular carcinoma and esophageal varices. They should also be monitored for the development of decompensated liver disease. Vaccination against hepatitis A virus (HAV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) before or after completing HCV treatment has been recommended. [143] Patients should be offered vaccination for HAV and HBV before they develop decompensated liver disease (otherwise, if they are vaccinated after decompensation, they may be less likely to mount an immune response).


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