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Understanding Hepatitis C -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a sneaky virus. About 80% of infected people don't have any symptoms of the virus, and their liver shows only a little damage. Many of these people are diagnosed with hepatitis C after showing abnormal liver enzymes on routine blood tests. Other people -- about 5% to 20% -- develop cirrhosis after having the hepatitis C infection for 20 or 30 years. This is when the normal functioning liver is replaced by scar tissue. A smaller number of people develop liver cancer after infection.

Some symptoms of acute hepatitis C are similar to flu symptoms. They may include:

Signs that he liver is not working properly can include:

  • Dark yellow urine
  • Yellowish eyes and skin

In later stages, people with hepatitis C may develop symptoms of cirrhosis such as fluid retention, easy bleeding and bruising, and jaundice. 


See Your Doctor About Hepatitis C If:

If you are having symptoms of hepatitis C or think you may have been exposed to the virus, make an appointment with your health care provider to be evaluated and tested. 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 30, 2014

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