Vitamin B for Hepatitis

by Medindia Content Team on  October 1, 2001 at 12:52 PM General Health News
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Vitamin B for Hepatitis
A study has found a cheap and non toxic method of treating Hepatitis, by administering vitaminB to the Ptients. Hepatitis B virus infects the liver, and in severe cases can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. It is spread through contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person.
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A researcher decided to test thiamine for HBV after a very bright and aware patient observed that his aminotransferase levels rose and fell depending on whether he was taking the vitamin. High levels of aminotransferase enzymes indicate more active infection of the liver.

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Investigators conducted a trial in this patient and two others with HBV infection to investigate the relationship. All had either failed treatment with interferon or could not tolerate the drug. While patients were on thiamine treatment, their aminotransferase levels fell from abnormally high to normal levels; these levels increased when thiamine was subsequently withdrawn. And in subsequent liver biopsies after thiamine treatment, HBV DNA was undetectable.This is the first study to investigate thiamine for treating hepatitis B infection.

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