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Making Dreams a Reality - Eliminating Hepatitis C Virus and Improving Symptom Burden in Cirrhosis

Wednesday 23 October 18:30 until 19:30
Chowen Lecture Theatre, Medical Teaching Building, University of Sussex, Falmer, BN1 9PX
Speaker: Prof Sumita Verma
Part of the series: BSMS Inaugural lecture

Liver deaths in England have increased by more than 250% since 1971 and now constitute the fourth most common cause of years of life lost.

In 2016, after the development of highly safe and effective antiviral drugs, the World Health Organisation mandated that hepatitis C be eliminated by 2030. However, as the disease disproportionately affects vulnerable adults (such as people who inject drugs and the homeless), nationally up to 50% of individuals remain undiagnosed. In this lecture, Professor Verma will discuss her research on innovative multidisciplinary and integrated community models of care utilising novel painless liver scans and finger prick blood testing.

She will also discuss the role of long-term abdominal drains in improving symptom burden in advanced cirrhosis. Use of these drains allows for community management, thus avoiding hospitalisation and inappropriate interventions, and ensuring that the individual’s remaining life can be spent at a residence of choice.

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By: Suze Cruttwell
Last updated: Friday, 6 September 2019