Danger of hepatitis lies in the fact that obvious manifestations of illness cannot be observed. Just 5% of people during the acute period have symptoms of the disease in the form of an icterus, urine darkening, yellowness of eye whites and skins. Most often the mild form of the icterus which is seldom noticed is characteristic. Insidiousness of hepatitis “C” is that the hidden period can last many years.
Generally after being infected with a virus the person feels absolutely healthy. And the first symptoms appear only at the late stage of cirrhosis when treatment is very complicated. The main feature of hepatitis “C” is in frequent transition of illness to a chronic form which develops in 85% of the people who got the infection. About 30% of chronic patients finish with cirrhosis, it occurs approximately within 20-30 years. At those who abuses reception of drug preparations and alcohol cirrhosis develops much quicker – in 5-10 years.
Hepatitis “C” has the ability to be shown with so-called not hepatic symptoms. The virus makes impact not only on a liver, but also on other organs therefore instead of an icterus absolutely different symptoms of the disease such as rush, elevated temperature, blood test change are shown that sometimes leads to wrong diagnoses. More frequent satellites of illness are the low limit of physical capacities and weakness.
Most often the hidden illness and symptoms atypical for a liver disease are the main reason for late diagnosing of hepatitis “C”.