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ACUTE hepatitis C
Aug 8, 2008

Dear Doctor,

Kindly enlighten us on what is acute hepatitis C? How do we know we have this condition? What symptoms should we look out for? Thanks.

Response from Dr. McGovern

"Acute" means new onset. Acute HCV is simply new infection with hepatitis C virus.

Acute HCV most often occurs without symptoms. Those with symptoms might develop nausea, vomiting, right upper quadrant pain, jaundice (yellow skin) and icterus (yellow eyes).

It is helpful to make the diagnosis of acute HCV because it the patient does not clear virus on their own, then treatment is indicated. Cure rates are much higher in acute HCV than in chronic HCV.



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