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Hepatitis C

Alternate Names : Non-A, Non-B Hepatitis

Hepatitis C | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

Clinical problems caused by hepatitis C can be both acute and chronic. The incubation period is roughly 6 to 12 weeks after transfusion or needle exposure. Most people with acute hepatitis C do not have signs or symptoms of the disease. However, individuals can develop the following mild to moderate symptoms:

  • nausea
  • jaundice, or yellowing of the skin
  • malaise, or a vague feeling of illness
  • fatigue
  • weight loss as a result of loss of appetite
  • Most people with chronic hepatitis C don't have any initial symptoms other than fatigue. Major health problems arise as the disease progresses. This can be several years to a few decades later. Liver failure related to cirrhosis is the main long-term problem. If hepatitis C is associated with chronic hepatitis B, symptoms of chronic liver disease are more obvious.

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    Hepatitis C: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Thomas Fisher, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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