Hepatitis C is a life-threatening disease that can be treated.
Chronic liver disease, often referred to as cirrhosis, has many etiologies. In the United States, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (commonly associated with metabolic syndrome) is the most common cause of cirrhosis, followed by alcohol abuse. Hepatitis and other viral infections, autoimmune disorders, toxic exposures, and parasitic infections may also lead to the development of cirrhosis.
Hepatitis C is an acute or chronic infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation. The infection ranges in severity from a mild illness that lasts a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness.
Hepatitis C is an underrecognized, underdiagnosed disease with an increasing prevalence worldwide. Globally, an estimated 130-150 million people have chronic hepatitis C, of whom a significant number will develop cirrhosis or liver cancer, and another 700,000 will die from HCV infection–related liver diseases.
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