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Hepatitis C


Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver most commonly caused by any of a group of viruses, but which may also be caused by toxic substances, such as drugs, chemicals, alcohol and environmental toxins.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) affects about 28,000 people every year and as many as 3.9 million Americans are chronic carriers of the virus. It is estimated that 20% or more of persons with chronic hepatitis C develop cirrhosis, a process that takes 10-20 years.

HCV has the unique ability to cause persistent infection and 70-80% of infected persons become chronic carriers, although most have relatively mild disease with slow progression. The long-term outcome varies significantly for persons with HCV and there is currently no way to determine who will recover or who will develop chronic disease.

Treatment Hepatitis C usually consists of medications, but liver transplant may be appropriate in some cases.

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