Hepatitis C: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families

October 30, 2020
Hepatitis C: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families

The liver is the body's workhorse. It makes proteins and bile,processes fats, and detoxifies drugs and alcohol. The liver is aresilient organ, but it is susceptible to damage from a number ofsources, including viral infections. Such infections causeinflammation of the liver, called hepatitis. This book is acomprehensive guide to hepatitis C, which affects about 3 percentof the world's population—3 to 4 million people in the UnitedStates alone. Some people with acute hepatitis C infection will becured without any treatment, but when hepatitis C becomes chronicit may cause cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death.Hepatitis C istransmitted from an infected person to an uninfected person bysharing drug-injecting equipment, snorting cocaine, having sex, orgetting a blood transfusion or organ transplant. It can be spreadby getting a tattoo with unsterile equipment. In rare cases, womenwith hepatitis C transmit the virus to their infants.Worldrenowned...