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What are the main symptoms of hcv?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Usually none

Often found as incidental abnormalities on liver chemistry tests, leads to hep testing.
Can have no symptoms, fatigue, aches/pains, anemia, jaundice, weight loss, fluid/weight gain, abdominal swelling, easy bruising, other symptoms of liver disease, personality changes, abnormal mental status, etc.

In brief: Usually none

Often found as incidental abnormalities on liver chemistry tests, leads to hep testing.
Can have no symptoms, fatigue, aches/pains, anemia, jaundice, weight loss, fluid/weight gain, abdominal swelling, easy bruising, other symptoms of liver disease, personality changes, abnormal mental status, etc.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Saul Hymes
Pediatrics - Infectious Disease

In brief: Often asymptomatic

HCV can cause a hepatitis early in infection with abdominal pain, jaundice, malaise.
But often it is chronic and silent--you never know you have it--and it works away over a period of years to decades, damaging the liver until cirrhosis sets in. This can present as jaundice, a hard and sometimes enlarged liver, and sometimes as liver failure with clotting problems. It can also cause liver cancer.

In brief: Often asymptomatic

HCV can cause a hepatitis early in infection with abdominal pain, jaundice, malaise.
But often it is chronic and silent--you never know you have it--and it works away over a period of years to decades, damaging the liver until cirrhosis sets in. This can present as jaundice, a hard and sometimes enlarged liver, and sometimes as liver failure with clotting problems. It can also cause liver cancer.
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