Skip to Content
Rush-Copley Medical Group
Home > Health & Fitness > Healthwise > Hepatitis C: Your Risk for Cirrhosis
Up to 85% of people who are infected with the
hepatitis C virus will develop long-term (chronic)
infection.1 About 25% of people who have chronic
hepatitis C will go on to develop
cirrhosis—severe liver damage and scarring—after a
period of about 20 years or more.2
Certain factors may affect how quickly problems such as cirrhosis or
liver cancer develop.
The way cirrhosis develops depends on:3
Dienstag JL (2010). Chronic viral hepatitis. In GL
Mandell et al., eds., Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 7th ed., vol. 1, pp.
1593–1670. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
Flamm SL (2003). Chronic hepatitis C virus infection.
JAMA, 289(18): 2413–2417.
Poynard T, et al. (2003). Viral hepatitis C.
Lancet, 362(9401): 2095–2100.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Retrieving newsletters from the Web service...
Sorry, the newsletter Web service is unavailable at this time.
You have signed up for the selected newsletters.
© Copyright 2015 Rush-Copley Medical Center • 2000 Ogden Avenue; Aurora, IL 60504
Main: 630-978-6200 • Physician Referral & Information: 630-978-6700 or 866-4COPLEY (866-426-7539)