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Anyone ever been rejected due to liver health?
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LeVig



Joined: 07 Jan 2013

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:05 am    Post subject: Anyone ever been rejected due to liver health? Reply with quote

First time caller...long time listener:

A bit about me...30...been a functional alcoholic for a number of years. Doc told me last year that my health is good but I got a big liver going. Close to a job here...wondering if being deported is likely.

Has anyone heard of somebody being rejected after the physical due to alcoholic liver damage?

I am well aware of the drinking culture in Korea...just feel that I am beyond the arc here.

Much thanks.
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newb



Joined: 27 Aug 2012
Location: Korea

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you mean by "Big Liver?" Does it show up on your blood test? If not, I wouldn't worry.

PS: If you were an alcoholic, don't come to Korean. You're turn into an alcoholic again.
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diver



Joined: 16 Jun 2003

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:36 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone ever been rejected due to liver health? Reply with quote

LeVig wrote:
First time caller...long time listener:

A bit about me...30...been a functional alcoholic for a number of years. Doc told me last year that my health is good but I got a big liver going. Close to a job here...wondering if being deported is likely.

Has anyone heard of somebody being rejected after the physical due to alcoholic liver damage?

I am well aware of the drinking culture in Korea...just feel that I am beyond the arc here.

Much thanks.


They might give you automatic citizenship Smile

I have never heard of it, and I wouldn't think you have much to worry about.
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comm



Joined: 22 Jun 2010

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

newb wrote:
What do you mean by "Big Liver?" Does it show up on your blood test? If not, I wouldn't worry.

Right. The blood and urine test would be the extent of the physical (regarding your issue anyway).

In all seriousness, Korea's drinking culture may be difficult for you. The word "alcoholism" doesn't seem to exist here.
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LeVig



Joined: 07 Jan 2013

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:44 am    Post subject: I'm not joking here... Reply with quote

Again, I am familiar with Korean drinking culture. I know that a lot of soju is consumed.

By the way, an enlarged liver is also known as hepatitis...Yes it showed up on the blood test.

I am looking for any serious responses on this topic. Has anyone either been deported or known anyone to be deported because of liver sample???

There is that pesky little question on the health statement about alcoholism/drug addiction.

I am a gambling man...I'd just like to know some odds before I shell out for a round trip ticket.
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diver



Joined: 16 Jun 2003

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:48 am    Post subject: Re: I'm not joking here... Reply with quote

LeVig wrote:
Again, I am familiar with Korean drinking culture. I know that a lot of soju is consumed.

By the way, an enlarged liver is also known as hepatitis...Yes it showed up on the blood test.

I am looking for any serious responses on this topic. Has anyone either been deported or known anyone to be deported because of liver sample???

There is that pesky little question on the health statement about alcoholism/drug addiction.

I am a gambling man...I'd just like to know some odds before I shell out for a round trip ticket.


From ttompatz (who knows his stuff).
http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?t=180242

It seems that it is the hep that is an issue, not necessarily an enlarged liver. Good luck.


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newb



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:48 am    Post subject: Re: I'm not joking here... Reply with quote

LeVig wrote:

By the way, an enlarged liver is also known as hepatitis...Yes it showed up on the blood test.



Is it contagious?
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LeVig



Joined: 07 Jan 2013

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must refer you to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepatitis
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diver



Joined: 16 Jun 2003

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, if it's not contagious, you might be okay. However, they might just see "hepatitis" and not look any further.

Your best bet is to wait and see if ttompatz weighs in on this thread.
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LeVig



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would very much like to talk to this ttompatz character...
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diver



Joined: 16 Jun 2003

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LeVig wrote:
I would very much like to talk to this ttompatz character...


This post suggest that only certain types of hepatitis are tested for:

http://forums.eslcafe.com/korea/viewtopic.php?t=109149
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Kepler



Joined: 24 Sep 2007

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Alcoholic hepatitis, unlike the other forms of hepatitis, is not viral, so it is not contagious. It can't be transmitted from person to person trough blood or blood products."
http://www.hephelp.net/alcoholic-hepatitis/transmission/

I wonder if the blood test can distinguish between hepatitis caused by a virus and hepatitis caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
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Ballerina2012



Joined: 17 Jan 2012

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.internationalclinic.co.kr/MT/MT_1_01.asp#

Click on blood test..
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mike in brasil



Joined: 09 Jun 2003

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What you can't see at this point is that a fatty liver isn't so much an immigration issue as it might be with your prospective employer. Immi might tell you to see a doctor and that's about it, but when it hits the wires at work, all the sudden you might be branded as an alky. (worse cuz alcoholism is not a korean problem)

Given that nobody on this board so far thinks it's a problem is an indication that all is good so far for you.

Once you're here you'll find out if it's an issue for the future employer. If they like you, then fine. If they don't, then it could be ammo against you.

Beyond that, as there is no alcoholism in Korea, then meet your little friend. At $1/bottle it's hard not find something good to say about soju.....

Once you find a gf (or bf) who also likes a "sip" as well then you will most likely feel you are exactly where you'd always hoped you'd be.

There is no song as sweet as the moaning and groaning of Korea, when through the blessing of soju sex.
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Benjamino



Joined: 21 Apr 2012
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I've got a fatty liver which may or not be from alcohol or yo-yo weight loss and gain in my adult years.

I actually was hammered the night before the medical in Korea ( I wasn't expecting it that day). I feared the worst come the medical next day and for a few weeks expected to be kicked out of the country.

In fact it was flagged up by the doctor but he didn't mention it on the medical forms that went to immigration. He just told me a few weeks later (I was asked to go back) that my liver isn't in great shape, which I know.

I guess some docs don't really care as long as you haven't something contagious or have tested positive for drugs.
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