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Which is more likely, the acute or chronic form of hepatitis c?

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Dr. Lance Stein
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
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In brief: Chronic

Symptomatic acute hepatitis c does happen but is likely rare (ie.
Most patients don't report to medical attention) and 20% of patients will spontaneously recover. The other 80% will develops chronic hepatitis c infection which can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer in about 20% of those cases long term.

In brief: Chronic

Symptomatic acute hepatitis c does happen but is likely rare (ie.
Most patients don't report to medical attention) and 20% of patients will spontaneously recover. The other 80% will develops chronic hepatitis c infection which can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer in about 20% of those cases long term.
Dr. Lance Stein
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Chronic

Honestly, there is no acute form of hepatitis c.
After acquisition, the virus lies dormant for about twenty years before it manifests itself clinically. Unless there is a known point of acquisition, such as a blood transfusion, sexual contact or tattoo, you may never truly know when you acquired the virus to begin with.

In brief: Chronic

Honestly, there is no acute form of hepatitis c.
After acquisition, the virus lies dormant for about twenty years before it manifests itself clinically. Unless there is a known point of acquisition, such as a blood transfusion, sexual contact or tattoo, you may never truly know when you acquired the virus to begin with.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine

In brief: Acute

Only a minority of people who are exposed to hepatitis c go on to have chronic hep c.
However, this percentage, in literature, is anywhere between 20-50%, which is quite high. Acute is the initial form of hepatitis c--during this phase, people can be quite sick. After that, some people go on to have chronic hepatitis c, which can cause cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer.

In brief: Acute

Only a minority of people who are exposed to hepatitis c go on to have chronic hep c.
However, this percentage, in literature, is anywhere between 20-50%, which is quite high. Acute is the initial form of hepatitis c--during this phase, people can be quite sick. After that, some people go on to have chronic hepatitis c, which can cause cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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