Hepatitis C is an infection that is caused by a virus which attacks the liver primarily, and can lead to inflammation. There are more than 200,000 cases a year in the United States.
Symptoms can include:
- Muscle soreness
- Stomach pain
- Weight loss
Hepatitis C is detected by blood tests and treated with new antiviral medications with over a 90 percent success rate. If the liver is extremely damaged, surgery may be required.