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Hepatitis C Information

  • Hepatitis C is a blood-borne viral disease which can cause liver inflammation, fibrosis, cirrhosis and liver cancer. The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is spread by blood-to-blood contact with an infected person's blood. Many people with HCV infection have no symptoms and are unaware of the need to seek treatment. Hepatitis C infects an estimated 150-200 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of liver transplant...
  • Hepatitis C is an inflammation of the liver caused by infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The hepatitis C virus is one of five known hepatitis viruses: A, B, C, D, E. Hepatitis C was previously known as non-A, non-B hepatitis prior to isolation of the virus in 1989.

    Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis C

    Acute hepatitis C refers to the first 6 months after infection with HCV. Remarkably, 60% to 70% of people infected develop no symptoms during the acute phase. In the minority of patients who experience acute phase symptoms, they are generally mild and nonspecific, and rarely lead to a specific diagnosis of hepatitis C. Symptoms of acute hepatitis C infection include decreased appetite, fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, itching, and flu-like symptoms.

    Symptoms of Chronic Hepatitis C

    Chronic hepatitis C is defined as infection with the hepatitis C virus persisting for more than six months. The course of chronic hepatitis C varies considerably from one person to another. Virtually all people infected with HCV have evidence of inflammation on liver biopsy, however, the rate of progression of liver scarring (fibrosis) shows significant inter-individual variability.

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