Hepatitis C (HCV)

Hepatitis C (HCV) Symptoms & Signs

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Most people do not have symptoms when they acquire the hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, and about one-fourth of those infected will have symptoms like

Other symptoms can include

Those who develop a chronic condition have persistent inflammation of the liver that leads to liver damage that may include scarring (cirrhosis), causing symptoms like

  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes),
  • weakness,
  • weight loss,
  • problems with blood clotting,
  • spider-like blood vessels seen on the skin, and
  • breast enlargement in men.

Other possible symptoms of chronic HCV disease are

  • a rash on the palms,
  • fluid in the abdominal cavity (ascites),
  • bleeding problems,
  • confusion, and
  • even coma due to the buildup of toxic substances that impair brain function.

Causes of hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is caused by an infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/16/2017

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REFERENCES:

Dhawan, Vinod K. "Hepatitis C." Medscape.com. Mar. 28, 2016. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/177792-overview>.

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

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