10 Essential Facts About Hepatitis C

3. You might not realize you have serious liver damage.

In some cases, by the time you have hepatitis C symptoms, life-threatening damage has already occurred, Dr. Graham says. Of every 100 people with a chronic hepatitis C infection, 5 to 20 will eventually develop cirrhosis, according to the CDC. One to 5 percent will die of either cirrhosis or liver cancer.

Symptoms of liver damage and end-stage hepatitis C disease include jaundice, extreme fatigue, weight loss, weakness, severely itchy skin, confusion, and a buildup of abdominal fluid.

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