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Hepatitis C (cont.)

Hepatitis C Prognosis

Hepatitis C varies greatly in its long-term effects.

  • Most people never develop severe complications of the disease.
  • Some of chronically infected people go on to develop cirrhosis.
  • Cirrhosis from chronic hepatitis C can lead to liver failure. If damage is severe, liver transplantation is the only treatment.
  • Inflammation of the liver and cirrhosis from chronic hepatitis C may lead to liver cancer.

A small number of people with hepatitis C develop complications outside the liver. These may affect the skin and connective tissues of the body, the blood or bone marrow, the muscles, the joints, or the kidneys.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease

REFERENCES:

Jensen DM. A new era of hepatitis C therapy begins. N Engl J Med. 2011 Mar 31;364(13):1272-4.

Rosen HR. Clinical practice. Chronic hepatitis C infection. N Engl J Med. 2011 Jun 23;364(25):2429-38


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/5/2014
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