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Question: What complications are associated with hepatitis C?

Answer:

The frequency of patients presenting with complications associated with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is expected to triple within the next 20 years. This corresponds to a 61% increase in incidence of cirrhosis, a 68% increase in the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma, a 279% increase in decompensated liver disease, and a 528% increase in the demand for liver transplantation.

Reference: Sleisenger MH, Fordtran JS (eds): Gastrointestinal Disease: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management, 7th ed. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 2003.

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