Up to 85% of people who are infected with the
hepatitis C virus will develop long-term (chronic)
infection.footnote 1 About 25% of people who have chronic
hepatitis C will go on to develop
cirrhosis-severe liver damage and scarring-after a
period of about 20 years or more.footnote 2
Certain factors may affect how quickly problems such as cirrhosis or
liver cancer develop.
The way cirrhosis develops depends on:footnote 3
CitationsDienstag JL, Delemos AS (2015). Viral hepatitis. In JE Bennett et al., eds., Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 8th ed., vol. 1, pp. 1438-1468. Philadelphia: Saunders.Flamm SL (2003). Chronic hepatitis C virus infection. JAMA, 289(18): 2413-2417.Poynard T, et al. (2003). Viral hepatitis C. Lancet, 362(9401): 2095-2100.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerW. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
Current as ofMarch 3, 2017
Current as of:
March 3, 2017
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
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