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Hepatitis C

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Symptoms

Most people with acute or chronic hepatitis C have few, if any, symptoms and are not even aware they are infected. If there are symptoms, they may include:

  • Dark urine
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting

Symptoms of acute hepatitis C, if they appear at all, generally appear 6 to 12 weeks after exposure to the virus.

Even if they don't show symptoms, some people with chronic hepatitis C may develop serious liver disease that is not apparent at first. In the United States, chronic hepatitis C infection is the leading cause of cirrhosis (severe liver disease) and liver cancer, both of which can be fatal.

Last Updated October 01, 2009