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What are some possible complications of cirrhosis from hepatitis C?

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These are some possible complications of cirrhosis:

Two other serious complications of cirrhosis are liver cancer and a buildup of toxins in your brain. The latter can interfere with your thinking, and can lead to coma. You’ll need to see your doctor more often to manage these complications.

  • Swelling in your legs and abdomen, which can lead to a serious bacterial infection
  • Enlarged blood vessels in your esophagus or stomach, which can burst and cause serious internal bleeding (this requires immediate medical attention)
  • Enlarged spleen, which may lead to a low white blood cell or platelet count
  • Gallstones, from bile (fluid made by the liver) not flowing freely to and from your gallbladder
  • Greater sensitivity to drugs because your liver can’t filter them from your blood
  • Resistance to the hormone insulin, leading to type 2 diabetes
  • Kidney and lung failure
  • Problems fighting infection

From: When Hepatitis C Worsens WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Sulkowski, M. , May 2013. New England Journal of Medicine

Department of Veterans Affairs: "Cirrhosis: A "Patient's Guide."

National Digestive Diseases Clearinghouse: "Cirrhosis."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Hepatitis C (Beyond the Basics)."

American Liver Foundation: "What Can Happen -- Complications of Hepatitis C."

American Cancer Society: "How is liver cancer treated?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Sulkowski, M. , May 2013. New England Journal of Medicine

Department of Veterans Affairs: "Cirrhosis: A "Patient's Guide."

National Digestive Diseases Clearinghouse: "Cirrhosis."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Hepatitis C (Beyond the Basics)."

American Liver Foundation: "What Can Happen -- Complications of Hepatitis C."

American Cancer Society: "How is liver cancer treated?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

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