Non-A hepatitis; Non-B hepatitis
Most people who were recently infected with hepatitis C do not have symptoms. About 10% have jaundice that gets better.
Of people who get infected with HCV, most develop chronic HCV infection. Usually there are no symptoms.
If the infection has been present for many years, the liver may be permanently scarred, a condition called cirrhosis. In many cases, there may be no symptoms of the disease until cirrhosis has developed.
The following symptoms could occur with hepatitis C infection:
The following tests are done to help diagnose hepatitis C:
The following tests are done to identify and monitor liver damage from hepatitis C:
Liver biopsy can show how much damage has been done to the liver.
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