Up to 85% of people who are infected with the hepatitis C virus will develop long-term (chronic) infection.1 About 25% of people who have chronic hepatitis C will go on to develop cirrhosis—severe liver damage and scarring—after a period of about 20 years or more.2
Certain factors may affect how quickly problems such as cirrhosis or liver cancer develop.
The way cirrhosis develops depends on:3
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- Flamm SL (2003). Chronic hepatitis C virus infection. JAMA, 289(18): 2413–2417.
- Poynard T, et al. (2003). Viral hepatitis C. Lancet, 362(9401): 2095–2100.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology|
|Last Revised||July 6, 2011|
Last Revised: July 6, 2011
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