Chronic Hepatitis C

Chronic Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is responsible for chronic hepatitis. It leads to liver damage in a slow progressive manner, eventually leading to liver cancer and cirrhosis.

Route and transmission of virus

  • Transfusion of contaminated blood
  • Needle sharing amongst untrained healthcare professionals
  • Needle sharing amongst drug abusers


Symptoms differ according to disease severity.

Many patients can remain asymptomatic, and are diagnosed based on blood tests. Symptoms include:

  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Patients with severe liver disease can complain of altered behavior, blood in vomiting, feet swelling, and ascites.


Chronic hepatitis C is confirmed based on these investigations:

  • Anti HCV antibody
  • LFT
  • HCV RNA (quantitative and qualitative)


Therapy is based on the virus genotype and stage of liver disease.

  • Genotype 1: Treated by PEG IFN and Ribavarin, indicated for 48 weeks. The treatment has an efficacy of 50%.
  • Genotype 2 and 3: Management is easy, indicated for 24 weeks. The treatment has an efficacy of 70-90%.


  • Combination of Telaprevir and Boceprevir to Peg Interferon and Ribavarin (for non-responders)
  • Sofosbuvir and Ribavarin are recent treatment modalities that did not show any side-effects and are safe.
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