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Hepatitis C

more about Hepatitis C

  • Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis C is a specific type of hepatitis.

  • Fatigue
  • Not "feeling well"
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nasal discharge
  • Sore throat
  • Skin rashes
  • Joint pain
  • Fever or Chills
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea or Constipation
  • Possible yellow skin or eyes
  • Infants and young children may not become "icteric" (experience jaundice).

  • It is caused by the Hepatitis C virus.
  • Hepatitis C is usually transmitted by blood products and rarely sexually.
  • Hepatitis C can cause an acute infection or a chronic (persistent) infection.

  • Liver tenderness
  • Spleen tenderness
  • Elevated AST, ALT, and Total bilirubin
  • Hepatitis C antibody (HCV) testing to confirm diagnosis
  • Detection of HCV RNA by polymerase chin reaction (PCR)
  • Liver Biopsy to diagnose chronic forms
  • Possible jaundiced skin or eyes

  • Patients requiring frequent blood transfusions
  • Patients and workers in hemodialysis
  • Homosexuals
  • Intravenous drug abusers
  • Medical professionals

  • Rest, hydration, and adequate nutrition
  • Acute Hepatitis: Avoid Tylenol and alcoholic beverages. Bedrest as needed. No medical treatment.
  • Chronic Active Hepatitis: Alpha-Interferon plus Ribavirin

  • Hepatocellular (liver) cancer -- individuals who have been infected with Hepatitis C are at much higher risk of developing liver cancer
  • Liver cirrhosis

  • 60% or more of the cases of Hepatitis C become chronic liver disease and can lead to permanent liver cirrhosis or liver cancer

  • If your child has any of followings, he/she needs hospitalization:
    1. Severe vomiting and dehydration
    2. Bleeding problems
    3. Suspected brain dysfunction

  • Universal blood precautions
  • Blood products now carefully screened in the United States
  • Immune serum globulin after exposure
  • Condoms may reduce or eliminate the chance of contracting this disease from sexual relations

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