What Is Chronic Hepatitis C?
In chronic hepatitis C, the virus stays in the body and may be silently damaging the liver over a long period of time (several years or more).
Someone with chronic hepatitis C:
- May have no signs or symptoms of liver disease
- May not feel sick and may think there is no need to go to the doctor
- At later stages, may have symptoms like:
- Muscle or joint pains
- Loss of appetite
- Dark urine
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Chronic hepatitis C can cause serious liver damage, including:
- Cirrhosis (sir-RO-sis)—severe scarring of the liver
- Liver failure