I suffered from Hepatitis after having surgery using halothane, but I can't find out which Hepatitis this is. I'm always asked, when putting Hepatitis on any type of health questionaire, was it B or C?
Maddie, I think you might have the same type of reaction my friend does when she has surgery. The word Hepatitis, means inflammation of the liver. My friend is disabled, on lots of meds and has pancreatitis, then she started getting hepatitis whenever she underwent anesthesia. Most of the medications people take, are metabolized by the liver or the kidneys. If someone has a compromised immune system, is on many meds, or a weakened liver, any med or anesthesia can cause the liver to become inflamed. Hep A is spread thru fecal material being invested, usually from someone not washing their hands after using the restroom. People can get it from bad oysters too, and I think if someone who had hep a shared a bathroom and bad hygiene habits, anyone who used the same restroom would be at risk too. Hep b is blood born, it is a virus that is spread thru shared needles or sexual contact, sometimes even close habitation with a hep b sufferer can cause someone else to get it. Blood banks screen for it now, as it does for any hepatitis, and chances of getting hep b or c from a blood transfusion are rare nowadays, but people have gotten it that way before the blood donations were screened for its. hep c is a different virus, that causes hepatitis, and it is spread by blood, and also rumored to be spread thru nasal passages. Researchers think many of the people showing up with Hep c now, we're exposed in the 80's and 90's when many illegal drugs were snorted. My mom had a type of hepatitis that was NOT transmittable, it came from chronic drinking and when she was in liver failure. If you will ask to have your blood checked for hepatitis, they should be able to tell if yours is viral, like a b or c, or if it is more from the liver having a reaction to the anesthesia. My friend has had many surgeries and on many meds, so she has a compromised immune system and pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas. A simple blood test can tell you if it is viral, you will show antigens for viral hepatitis, if that is what you had. If I were you, I would have my liver and pancreas checked for function and inflammation, so you can know what to tell a new dr on the paperwork and so you can keep them both healthy. Patti
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