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Hepatitis C Overview

What is hepatitis C?
A person with hepatitis C has inflammation of the liver from an infection by the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is spread by exposure to the blood of someone who is infected. Most people who are infected with hepatitis C do not develop symptoms. About 4 out of 5 people remain infected with the hepatitis virus for the rest of their lives.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis C?
Initial symptoms of hepatitis C may include weakness, fatigue, fever, and right upper abdominal pain. In some cases, symptoms of hepatitis C include jaundice, brown urine, and itching.

How does the doctor treat hepatitis C?
Treatment for hepatitis C may include a liver disease diet, antiviral medications, vitamin supplements, and medications to control nausea and itching. Those who have severe hepatitis C may be candidates for liver transplant.

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Last Updated: Aug 19, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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