When I learned I was hcv+ a few years ago, of course, not having any
yet, I wanted to know the risks of pregnancy and hcv. The only risk I
learned about was vertical transmission, and I was told that was about 6%.
However, I just learned I may have cholestasis of
pregnancy, and that 16% of patients in a study who had this condition also
had hepatitis C. (Locatelli A, Roncaglia N, Arreghini A, Bellini P,
P, Ghidini A., Br J Obstet Gynaecol 1999 May;106(5):498-500, Hepatitis C
virus infection is associated with a higher incidence of cholestasis of
pregnancy). This seems like a much higher risk than vertical
but I was not informed by the hepatologists. It's also associated with a
high rate of prematurity and stillbirth. Why aren't the hepatologists
this with women who want to conceive and carry a child?
sched c-section June 7, '02
Mom to 28-week preemie, 9/20/99-10/11/99