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Symptoms of Hepatitis C

Symptoms of Hepatitis C: Introduction

In most cases there are no symptoms of hepatitis C infection until complications, such as liver damage or cirrhosis develop. This may not occur for ten to forty years after infection with hepatitis C.

If there are earlier symptoms they can include flu-like symptoms, fever, joint aches, nausea, muscle aches and weakness. Other symptoms may include abdominal pain in the right upper area where the liver is located.

Hepatitis C is more likely than other forms of hepatitis to progress into chronic hepatitis and result in serious complications, such as liver damage, cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, and liver failure.

Symptoms of liver damage and cirrhosis of the liver include jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. A build-up of extra fluid in the legs (edema) or abdomen (ascites) can also occur.

Symptoms of liver failure include jaundice, easy bruising, edema, and ascites. Blood pressure can rise in the abdomen, resulting in portal hypertension, which causes the veins of the esophagus to swell. These bulging veins are called esophageal varices, and they can burst, leading to life-threatening hemorrhage.

In addition, the diseased liver may be unable to filter toxins, which can affect the brain. This is called encephalopathy, and it can result in symptoms, such as confusion, personality changes, or poor cognitive functioning....more about Hepatitis C »

Symptoms of Hepatitis C

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Hepatitis C includes the 14 symptoms listed below:

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Facts About Hepatitis A and C: CDC-OC (Excerpt)

Symptoms include jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, intermittent nausea, and vomiting (Source: excerpt from Facts About Hepatitis A and C: CDC-OC)

Facts About Hepatitis C: CDC-OC (Excerpt)

Often those infected with HCV have no symptoms. Chronic liver disease progresses at a slow rate without symptoms during the first two or more decades after infection. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Hepatitis C: CDC-OC)

Hepatitis C as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Hepatitis C, it is also important to consider Hepatitis C as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Hepatitis C may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Hepatitis C. This signs and symptoms information for Hepatitis C has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Hepatitis C signs or Hepatitis C symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Hepatitis C may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Hepatitis C symptoms.

 

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