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Hepatitis C Also called: Hep C

An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation.
Common
More than 1 million cases per year (India)
Treatable by a medical professional
Spreads easily
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging always required
The virus is spread by contact with contaminated blood; for example, from sharing needles or from unsterile tattoo equipment.
Most people have no symptoms. Those who do develop symptoms may have fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and yellowing of the eyes and skin.
Hepatitis C is treated with antiviral medication. In some people, newer medicines can eradicate the virus.
Symptoms
Requires a medical diagnosis
Most people have no symptoms. Those who do develop symptoms may have fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and yellowing of the eyes and skin.
Can have no symptoms, but people may experience:
Pain areas: in the abdomen
Gastrointestinal: bleeding, bloating, fluid in the abdomen, or nausea
Whole body: fatigue, fever, or loss of appetite
Skin: web of swollen blood vessels in the skin or yellow skin and eyes
Also common: depression or weight loss
Treatment
Treatment consists of HCV antivirals
Hepatitis C is treated with antiviral medication. In some people, newer medicines can eradicate the virus.
Reduces viruses’ ability to replicate.
May be harmful and aggravate certain conditions.
Surgical replacement of a diseased liver with some or all of a healthy liver from a donor.
Treats infections, including those that are tropical in nature.
Focuses on liver, gallbladder and biliary tree disorders.
Focuses on the digestive system and its disorders.
Prevents, diagnoses and treats diseases.
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Liver disease

Any condition that damages the liver and prevents it from functioning well.
Most common types
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

    The accumulation of liver fat in people who drink little or no alcohol.
  • Hepatitis C

    An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation.
  • Hepatitis B

    A serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that’s easily preventable by a vaccine.
  • Cirrhosis of the liver

    Chronic liver damage from a variety of causes leading to scarring and liver failure.
  • Alcoholic hepatitis

    Liver inflammation caused by drinking too much alcohol.
  • Hepatitis A

    A highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus.
  • Hemochromatosis

    An inherited condition caused by excessive absorption of iron, leading to high blood iron levels and iron deposits in multiple joints.