Hepatitis C is sometimes misdiagnosed as Gastroenteritis

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Gastroenteritis, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C is treated via antiviral medications. These medications stop the virus replication and attempt to clear the existing virus from the body. Treatment is aimed so that no traces of the virus are found in the blood after a period of 12 weeks following completion of treatment. Hepatitis C is diagnosed by a blood test that looks for the antibodies to the HCV virus. The test may not give an accurate result until after around 3 months from possible infection. Other tests for the liver can be done to assess liver damage.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Jaundice, fever, persistent fatigue, stomach pain, weight loss, joint pain, nausea, loss of appetite, dark urine, pale stools, brain fog, abrupt mood changes

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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