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Hepatitis B, C prevalence high in developing countries

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Nearly 80 to 90 liver transplants are being performed in a year in Chennai, says expert

VELLORE: With Hepatitis B and C being viruses which mainly damage the liver, India accounts for medium prevalence of hepatitis in the world. Approximately, the country has seven to eight per cent prevalence of Hepatitis B and two to three per cent prevalence of Hepatitis C in the general population, according to a liver specialist.

“Hepatitis B and C are among common disorders affecting the liver, but not many know about it. The prevalence is high in developing countries. South East Asian countries and Africa have high prevalence of hepatitis,” said N. Murugan, Senior Consultant Hepatologist and Liver Transplant Physician, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. Drinking excessive alcohol is another factor which causes liver damage, he said. “About 25 to 30 per cent Indians have fatty liver, which is a lifestyle disorder. Of this, there is a chance of eight to 10 per cent developing liver damage and liver failure,” he told mediapersons here on Sunday.

Fatty liver disease is a common condition in those who are obese or overweight, have diabetes or high levels of fat, and in those who abuse alcohol. In most cases, the condition may cause no damage to the liver but in some it can progress to liver inflammation and scarring. However, it was increasing in incidence with changing lifestyles and dietary habits.

“Nowadays, people eat a lot of junk food and get less physical activity. This is especially among the younger generation,” he said.

One of the advancements in liver speciality was management of cirrhosis of liver. “In the last 10 years, liver transplant has been made available in the country. Around 500 to 600 liver transplants are being performed each year in the last few years. Nearly 80 to 90 transplants have been carried out in a year in Chennai,” Dr. Murugan said.

“Liver transplant is a major surgery now. The average cost is about Rs. 20 lakh at private hospitals. The Government Stanley Medical College Hospital has started to perform liver transplants. There is a lot of awareness of cadaver donation in Tamil Nadu,” he said.

However, there were very few transplant centres in India. He said there were 10 centres in the country with two to three specialists each. Liver specialisation is not available in India. “We are planning to start fellowships in training for liver transplantation. We have applied for it. We want to start a fellowship in hepatology,” he said

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