Hepatitis C is a viral liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is found in the blood of persons who have this disease. HCV is a leading reason for chronic liver disease. 70 percent of people with HCV may go on to develop chronic liver disease. The Digestive Health Program works closely with the UK Liver Transplant Program to offer comprehensive care. The program is nationally recognized by the United Network of Organ Sharing and the University Hospital Consortium for maintaining excellent outcomes.
The following are the most common symptoms for hepatitis C. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Vague stomach pain
- Jaundice - yellowing of the skin and eyes
- Dark yellow urine
- Light-colored stool
- Muscle and joint pain
Treatment options are determined by the patient's age, overall health, medical history and extent of the disease. Drugs are licensed for treating people with chronic HCV. Consult with a UK gastroenterologist to see what treatment is right for you. Call 859-257-1000 or toll free 800-333-8874 for an appointment or view a list of our physicians.
Hepatitis C video overview
This is a four-part video series discussing the definition, diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis C by UK HealthCare professionals.