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What is fibrosis related to hepatitis C?

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The hepatitis C infection can inflame and damage your liver. Damage starts when scar tissue called fibrosis builds up in this organ. As fibrosis gets worse, scar tissue takes the place of healthy tissue in your liver. Fibrosis can also stop blood from flowing through your liver as it should, making the healthy part work harder. If scarring gets really bad, called cirrhosis, your liver can’t work as well.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

The Hepatitis C Trust: “Hepatitis C Liver Damage Progression.”

American Liver Foundation: “The Progression of Liver Disease.”

University of Virginia: “Diagnosing Liver Fibrosis: Choosing the Right Test for You.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Elastography.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Understanding Your FibroScan Results.”

U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Blood Tests.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 26, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

The Hepatitis C Trust: “Hepatitis C Liver Damage Progression.”

American Liver Foundation: “The Progression of Liver Disease.”

University of Virginia: “Diagnosing Liver Fibrosis: Choosing the Right Test for You.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Elastography.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Understanding Your FibroScan Results.”

U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Blood Tests.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 26, 2020

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