Late Symptoms of Hepatitis C
When the liver becomes badly damaged with cirrhosis, and liver failure occurs, a person may experience several late symptoms of hepatitis C, including:
- Fluid buildup in the stomach area and legs
- Intestinal bleeding
- Slowed mental function
- Easy bleeding or bruising
- Itchy skin
- Personality changes
- Coma or death.
When liver failure occurs in a person with hepatitis C, they may also develop:
- Bleeding in the stomach and esophagus (known as varices)
- Insulin resistance
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure within the liver (portal hypertension)
- Sensitivity to medication
It is important to know that the hepatitis C virus, or HCV, can affect you much differently than it does someone else. For example, some people have very bad cirrhosis and late symptoms of hepatitis C after many years of having hepatitis C, while others have very few scars. Of the people who have the virus for 20 years, approximately 20 percent (1 out of 5 patients) will have severe scarring, or cirrhosis, in their liver. Once cirrhosis develops, the person is at risk for many life-threatening complications of hepatitis C liver disease.