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Hepatitis C

Your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. One type, hepatitis C, is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It usually spreads through contact with infected blood. It can also spread through sex with an infected person and from mother to baby during childbirth.

Most people who are infected with hepatitis C don't have any symptoms for years. If you do get symptoms, you may feel as if you have the flu. You may also have jaundice, a yellowing of skin and eyes, dark-colored urine, and pale bowel movements. A blood test can tell if you have it. Usually, hepatitis C does not get better by itself. The infection can last a lifetime and may lead to scarring of the liver or liver cancer. Medicines sometimes help, but side effects can be a problem. Serious cases may need a liver transplant. (Read more)

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  1. ... is an inflammation of the liver. One type, hepatitis C, is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It usually spreads through contact with ... during childbirth. Most people who are infected with hepatitis C don't have any symptoms for years. If ...
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    Jensen, Donald, Reau, Nancy
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    New York : Oxford University Press, 2013.
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    NLM ID: 101580413 [Book]
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    Häussinger, D. (Dieter)
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    Berlin ; Boston : Blackwell Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2001.
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    NLM ID: 101128856 [Book]
  4. Hepatitis C is a viral disease that leads to swelling (inflammation) of the liver. Other types of viral ... Hepatitis C infection is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). You can catch hepatitis C if the ...
  5. Hepatitis A antibody test; Hepatitis B antibody test; Hepatitis C antibody test; Hepatitis D antibody test ... sexual contact or by sharing needles Antibodies to hepatitis C can usually be detected 4 - 10 weeks after ...
  6. Hepatitis C is a virus-caused liver inflammation which may cause jaundice, fever and cirrhosis. Persons who are most at risk for contracting and spreading hepatitis C are those who share needles for injecting drugs ...
  7. ... ribavirin (a medication) to treat chronic (long-term) hepatitis C infection (swelling of the liver caused by a ... time. Peginterferon works by decreasing the amount of hepatitis C virus (HCV) or hepatitis B virus (HBV) in ...
  8. ... ribavirin (a medication) to treat chronic (long-term) hepatitis C infection (swelling of the liver caused by a ... alpha-2b works by decreasing the amount of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the body. Peginterferon alfa-2b ...
  9. ... or peginterferon alpha-2b [PEG-Intron]) to treat hepatitis C in people who have not been treated with ... It works by stopping the virus that causes hepatitis C from spreading inside the body. It is not ...
  10. ... another medication (peginterferon alfa [Pegasys] to treat chronic hepatitis C (an ongoing viral infection that damages the liver). ... Copegus, Rebetol] in people with liver cancer and hepatitis C infection who are waiting for a liver transplant ...
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