80% of patients infected with Hepatitis C do not have symptoms. In those who do, symptoms may not appear for over 10 years, and even then appear fleeting or can easily be confused with symptoms of other, less serious illnesses
- Loss of appetite
- Pain over the liver (on the right side of the abdomen, just under the rib cage)
- Dark-colored urine
- Pale colored stools
To diagnose Hepatitis C, your physician will perform blood tests. To determine the extent of liver damage, your physician will perform additional blood tests and will sometimes perform a liver biopsy.
The goal of Hepatitis C treatment is to remove the virus from the bloodstream and to reduce the risk of liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver that can sometimes result from prolonged exposure to the HCV infection. Many patients will benefit from treatment with prescription medications. Once diagnosed, you and your physician will decide on a treatment plan that works with you and your individual situation.
Hepatitis C Care Management
Our Hepatitis C Clinic is a partnership between the Board Certified physicians of gastroenterology and the nurse practitioners at Washington Gastroenterology to give the best possible care to our patients with Hepatitis C. Whether you are seeking treatment for your Hepatitis C or just want to learn more about your disease condition, the Hepatitis C Clinic gives you the knowledge necessary to help yourself toward wellness.
Specifically we teach about the virus, life expectancy, preventing further transmission, and the best treatments and their side effects. We also teach people ways to decrease the side effects of therapy. The treatment program follows the current standards of care in the treatment of the Hepatitis C virus, but is always updated to improve care, as new effective therapies become available.
Our team of nurses and physicians are readily available to help you.