Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is often referred to as a silent disease. This reputation for silence is based largely on the fact that the liver is considered a “non-complaining” organ. In short, the liver can suffer considerable damage and still function quite well. However, common symptoms are frequently reported by chronically infected HCV patients. Results of a study published in Hepatology stated that more than 70% of HCV positive patients reported at least one complaint.
This fact sheet identifies some of the most common symptoms reported by HCV patients, along with some tips for
managing symptoms. These tips are suggested for the average non-cirrhotic HCV patient. Before employing any of these techniques, talk to your doctor or other licensed care provider. Self-diagnosis should not replace health care; it can also be a prescription for disaster.
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