Most patients do not have symptoms of hepatitis C, and/or do not feel different from normal.
By the time the symptoms develop, liver damage is usually severe.
It is important to note that the absence of symptoms does not mean hepatitis C or liver damage is under control.
Symptoms of acute infection are:
Symptoms of severe liver damage may include:
- A distended, fluid-filled abdomen (ascites)
- Edema of the legs
- Small, spider-like veins, usually on the chest and back (spider angiomas)
- Bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract