Mercy's Dr. Anurag Maheshwari Discusses Women and Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a silent disease and most times patients have no symptoms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends universal screening for all adults.
According to Dr. Anurag Maheshwari, a specialist in liver disease with The Center for Liver and Hepatobiliary Diseases, part of The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy it is especially important for women of childbearing age and should be part of prenatal checkups, and there are accepted treatments for hepatitis C.
“However, we cannot use those treatments during the course of pregnancy. Most of the times, we will recommend patients complete their pregnancy and then come back to us for therapy,” Dr. Maheshwari said.
Hepatitis C is not transmitted through breast milk.
View Mercy liver specialist Dr. Anurag Maheshwari’s interview about women and hepatitis C.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.