The initial stage of infection with hepatitis C is called acute infection. It usually continue to experience mild symptoms or no manifests itself. Hepatitis C is expressed in acute form in 20-25% of patients undergoing three months. However, 75-80% of infected hepatitis B virus remains in the body and becomes chronic.
The incubation period for hepatitis C lasts about two months. The infection is gradually spreading throughout the body, causing malaise, sleep disturbances, abdominal pain and other symptoms. A few days later change the highlight color, and the liver begins to increase in size. In rare cases, it may appear jaundice.
The main symptoms of hepatitis C - a sharp decrease in appetite, muscle weakness, enlarged liver. In that case, if hepatitis goes into a chronic form, it will appear only in frequent violations of the chair and fatigue. But over time, the pathological changes may aggravate the situation and lead to a malfunction of the liver. Transition to cirrhosis can be quite lengthy. Part of the clinical course of hepatitis C version - healthy carrier.
In some patients, hepatitis progresses and leads to further complications such as fibrosis, steatosis, cirrhosis and liver cancer. In extreme cases, possible liver transplant. Under cirrhosis understand the process by which the liver cells are replaced by scar tissue and deformed. These scars interfere with the normal blood circulation in the liver, and gradually this vital organ loses all of its functions.
There are two types of cirrhosis: compensated and decompensated. In compensated cirrhosis, the liver scarred hard enough, but it is able to perform most of its functions. Patients with decompensated cirrhosis of the liver is no longer able to function normally.
Patients whose hepatitis led to decompensated cirrhosis, it may be internal bleeding, weakening of blood vessels, and many other violations that threaten the livelihoods of the normal body.