Which clinical history findings are characteristic of hepatitis C?

Updated: May 10, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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The incubation period of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection varies widely, with a mean of 7-10 weeks and a range of 2-20 weeks. Infections are often inapparent or subclinical. Only 25-35% of patients have nonspecific symptoms such as weakness, malaise, and anorexia; likewise, patients with chronic HCV infection often have few or no symptoms. Fatigue is reported most often.


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