Advancing Liver Disease
It’s far better for the public health to test broadly for HCV, and to treat it early. Advanced HCV liver disease is costly, painful, and preventable! Left undiagnosed and/or untreated, hepatitis C advances – often silently – until suddenly it is too late.
Overview of HCV Disease Progression
If acute hepatitis C infection (HCV) becomes a chronic infection it can eventually progress to a more serious disease. Over time it can produce fibrosis (light, moderate and severe scarring), cirrhosis (extensive scarring), decompensated cirrhosis (potentially life-threatening scarring), liver cancer, the need for a new liver (liver transplant) and for some it could lead to death. This fact sheet by Alan Franciscus will discuss the various stages of hepatitis C disease progression.