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Hepatitis C

Important
It is possible that the main title of the report Hepatitis C is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

Synonyms

  • Non-A, Non-B Hepatitis
  • NANB Hepatitis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Hepatitis C is an infectious liver disease caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The main causes of the spread of this disease are transfusion with contaminated blood or the sharing of contaminated intravenous needles. More rarely, transmission may occur due to sexual contact with an infected individual or occupational exposure to contaminated blood. Associated symptoms, which may range from mild to severe, may include fever, fatigue, weakness, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and yellowish discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes, and whites of the eyes (jaundice). In some cases, affected individuals may develop chronic liver disease, such as scarring (fibrosis) and impaired functioning of the liver (cirrhosis) or liver cancer (e.g., hepatocellular carcinoma).

Resources

American Liver Foundation
39 Broadway, Suite 2700
New York, NY 10006
USA
Fax: (212)483-8179
Tel: (800)465-4837
Email: http://www.liverfoundation.org/contact/
Internet: http://www.liverfoundation.org

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30333
Tel: (404)639-3534
Tel: (800)232-4636
TDD: (888)232-6348
Email: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Internet: http://www.cdc.gov/

NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Office of Communications and Government Relations
6610 Rockledge Drive, MSC 6612
Bethesda, MD 20892-6612
Tel: (301)496-5717
Fax: (301)402-3573
Tel: (866)284-4107
TDD: (800)877-8339
Email: ocpostoffice@niaid.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/

Hepatitis Foundation International
504 Blick Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Tel: (301)622-4200
Fax: (301)622-4702
Tel: (800)891-0707
Email: hfi@comcast.net
Internet: http://www.hepatitisfoundation.org

Hepatitis C Society of Canada
P.O. Box 33544
50 Dundurn Street South
Hamilton
Ontario, L8P 4X4
Canada
Tel: 905-524-0212
Fax: 905-524-0224
Tel: 800-652-4372
Email: mail@hepatitiscsociety.com
Internet: http://hepctorontochapter.tripod.com/

Hepatitis C Outreach Project
P.O. Box 248
Vancouver, WA 98666
Tel: (503)285-8712
Email: info@hcop.org
Internet: http://www.hcop.org

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/AboutGARD.aspx

Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
University of Chicago
5841 South Maryland Ave, MC 2030
Chicago, IL 60637
Tel: (773)702-5659
Fax: (773)702-5577
Internet: http://peripheralneuropathycenter.uchicago.edu/

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

Anemia Institute for Research and Education
151 Bloor Street West, Suite 600
Toronto Ontario, M5S 1S4
Canada
Tel: 416-969-7431
Fax: 416-969-7420
Tel: 877-992-6364
Email: info@anemiainstitute.org
Internet: http://www.anemiainstitute.org

CORE
3 St. Andrews Place
London, NW1 4LB
UK
Tel: 020 7486 0341
Fax: 020 7224 2012
Email: info@corecharity.org.uk
Internet: http://www.corecharity.org.uk

For a Complete Report:

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

Last Updated: �4/10/2009
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Last Updated: May 16, 2012
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