What are the top things to know about hepatitis C?
Many people with Hepatitis C may not experience symptoms for years—or even decades. But that doesn’t mean the disease isn’t dangerous.
Hepatitis C is a potentially chronic illness that damages the liver and possibly other organs. We asked Carolyn Schmitt, MS, PA-C, a physician assistant at the University of Minnesota Health Hepatology (Liver) Clinic, located in our Clinics and Surgery Center, to tell us more about Hepatitis C and screenings for the disease.
Left untreated, Hepatitis C can cause severe complications.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by a virus that is most commonly transmitted through contact with infected blood. The virus can also be spread through sexual contact, though the risk of transmission is low. If left untreated, Hepatitis C can lead to severe liver complications, including cirrhosis and liver cancer. Other possible complications include lymphoma and kidney issues. The Hepatitis C virus can cause both acute and chronic infection; often acute cases develop into a chronic, lifelong illness.
“Patients often don’t have any common symptoms. By the time the symptoms begin to appear, it’s often too late to prevent many of the more severe problems associated with Hepatitis C,” Schmitt said.
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