AMNews July 1, 2002. Action, early identification urgent as hepatitis C spreads
- I was trying to remember how to spell my first gastro's name correctly while filling out some forms today, and so did a google search for him (he transferred from Dallas to St. Louis while I was his patient, I keep telling myself I didn't chase him away! haha) and found this article on hep c from 2002 with a quote from him and wanted to share it. I agree wholeheartedly with what he says. I hope it gets out to family doctors everywhere..... Alley
Action, early identification urgent as hepatitis C spreads
As effective treatments are found, educating patients about HCV becomes more important, says an NIH panel that examined the increased incidence of the disease.
By Susan J. Landers, AMNews staff. July 1, 2002.
"Most liver specialists would agree that primary care physicians should ask their patients about risk factors for infection with HCV, the virus that causes hepatitis C, said Jeffrey Crippin, MD, associate professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Frontline physicians might also uncover cases of hepatitis C by paying closer heed to patients' relatively nonspecific symptoms of fatigue, possible risk factors and results from standard blood tests that indicate abnormal liver biochemistries, said Dr. Crippin.
"I can't emphasize strongly enough: Ask about risk factors, follow up on abnormal blood tests and think about hepatitis C," he said. "
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