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Current and Future Medications for Hepatitis C (cont.)

What are the symptoms of hepatitis C?

Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis C Infection

The majority of newly-infected patients identified with HCV do not have symptoms. The minority of patients who have symptoms typically have complaints of

Symptoms of Chronic Hepatitis C Infection

Chronic hepatitis C usually causes no symptoms until very late in the disease. Over years or decades, chronic inflammation may cause scarring ("fibrosis"). Extensive scarring in the liver is called cirrhosis.

Becoming infected with another viral hepatitis or other exposures that damage the liver in addition to hepatitis C can increase liver damage or even cause severe hepatitis. Having HIV infection along with HCV accelerates the progression of chronic hepatitis C to end-stage liver disease, sometimes shortening the course to a few years instead of decades.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/21/2016
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