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Chronic Hepatitis C
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is one of the most important causes of chronic liver disease in the United States. It accounts for about 15 percent of acute viral hepatitis, 60 to 70 percent of chronic hepatitis, and up to 50 percent of cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, and liver cancer. Of the U.S. population, 1.6 percent, or an estimated 4.1 million Americans, have antibody to HCV (anti-HCV)
Hepatitis is an inflammation (a swelling of an injured or infected organ) of the liver. It is caused by five viruses referred to as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. The condition can be short-term or a more severe, long-term one that causes cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver cancer, or liver failure. Hepatitis typically results from a viral infection but can have other causes.