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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.

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  1. Hepatitis C (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... 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 ...
  2. Hepatitis C Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    X-Plain Hepatitis C Reference Summary Introduction Hepatitis is an infection of the liver that is caused by a virus. The Hepatitis C virus is one of many viruses that cause ...
  3. Hepatitis C FAQs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... the difference between Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C? Hepatitis A , Hepatitis B , and Hepatitis C are ... possible to get the other types. What is Hepatitis C? Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that ...
  4. Treating Chronic Hepatitis C: A Review of the Research for Adults (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)  
    ... a> Consumer Summary – Nov. 27, 2012 Treating Chronic Hepatitis C: A Review of the Research for Adults Formats ... for this summary. Understanding Your Condition What is hepatitis C? Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a ...
  5. What I Need to Know about Hepatitis C Easy-to-Read From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... Hepatitis C What I need to know about Hepatitis C On this page: What is hepatitis C? What ... Pronunciation Guide For More Information Acknowledgments What is hepatitis C? Hepatitis * C is a virus , or infection, that ...
  6. Testing for the Hepatitis C Virus (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)  
    ... Consumer Summary – Sept. 13, 2013 Testing for the Hepatitis C Virus Formats View PDF (PDF) 999 kB Download ... for this summary. Understanding the Condition What is hepatitis C? Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a ...
  7. Hepatitis C: Sex and Sexuality (Department of Veterans Affairs)  
    ... hepatitis C virus through sex. Can you pass hepatitis C to a sex partner? Yes, but it is ... and always use latex condoms. Can you pass hepatitis C through other types of sexual contact, such as ...
  8. CDC Vital Signs: Hepatitis C: Testing Baby Boomers Saves Lives (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... to... Añadir en... Favorites Delicious Digg Google Bookmarks Hepatitis C Testing baby boomers saves lives May 2013 3 ... baby boomers got infected before the dangers of hepatitis C were well known. Anyone can get hepatitis C, ...
  9. Hepatitis C: Treatment (Department of Veterans Affairs)  
    ... factor in the response to treatment. Viral load (hepatitis C virus ribonucleic acid level or hepatitis C RNA level) This test measures the amount of ... recovery for injection drug use. Side effects of hepatitis C treatment Side effects may include the following: Feeling ...
  10. CAM and Hepatitis C: A Focus on Herbal Supplements From the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)  
    ... help ensure coordinated and safe care. Top About Hepatitis C Hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease, is caused ... of Herbal Supplements and Other Complementary Approaches for Hepatitis C Several herbal supplements have been studied for hepatitis ...
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