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Hepatitis C

Is hepatitis C life threatening?

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  • Chronic hepatitis C can be life-threatening if left undiagnosed and untreated. Severe liver disorders including permanent scarring of the liver can occur, leading to cirrhosis. Advanced liver failure results in end-stage liver disease. Complications during liver transplant can occur and should be discussed with your doctor. However, the good news is that treatments for chronic hepatitis C have improved dramatically recently. With the right combination of medications, cure rates now exceed 90% in many groups.
  • Hepatitis C can be a life-threatening disease. The virus causes damage to the liver that can lead to liver failure, which is life threatening as the liver is a vital organ. Hepatitis C can also cause liver cancer, called hepatocellular carcinoma. A healthcare provider can screen people for hepatitis C if they are at risk. There are very good treatment options now for hepatitis C.
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