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Up to 85% of people who are infected with the hepatitis C virus will develop long-term (chronic) infection. footnote 1About 25% of people who have chronic hepatitis C will go on to develop cirrhosis —severe liver damage and scarring—after a period of about 20 years or more.footnote 2
Certain factors may affect how quickly problems such as cirrhosis or liver cancer develop.
The way cirrhosis develops depends on:footnote 3
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Flamm SL (2003). Chronic hepatitis C virus infection. JAMA, 289(18): 2413–2417.
Poynard T, et al. (2003). Viral hepatitis C. Lancet, 362(9401): 2095–2100.
Current as ofJuly 30, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineW. Thomas London, MD - Internal Medicine, Hepatology
Current as of:
July 30, 2018
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & W. Thomas London, MD - Internal Medicine, Hepatology
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