Hepatitis C Specialist

Triborough GI

Gastroenterology located in Brooklyn, NY, Bronx, NY & Staten Island, NY

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that may cause damage to your liver long before you develop symptoms. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Triborough GI in New York, with locations in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, are highly respected for their expertise in treating conditions affecting the liver, including hepatitis C. Patients also appreciate their welcoming environment and patient-first approach to health. Don’t ignore hepatitis C. If you’re at risk, schedule a visit and screening test with a specialist at Triborough GI today. Call one of the offices or book your appointment online.

Hepatitis C Q&A

What is hepatitis C?

A hepatitis C infection is caused by the hepatitis C virus, which targets the liver and causes inflammation and irritation that can eventually lead to permanent liver damage. Complications related to hepatitis C include scarring or cirrhosis of the liver, which can eventually cause liver failure. Rarely, hepatitis C may lead to liver cancer.

How would I get hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is passed through the blood of an infected individual. Your risks for contracting the virus increase if you:

  • Have a history of injecting or inhaling illicit drugs
  • Are exposed to infected blood or experience an accidental stick from an infected needle as a health care worker
  • Have HIV
  • Have received a piercing or tattoo in an unsterile environment
  • Received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992
  • Received hemodialysis treatments for an extended time
  • Were born to a woman with a hepatitis C infection

You’re also at higher risk for hepatitis C infection if you were born between 1945 and 1965, which is the age group with the highest incidence of hepatitis C infection. Persons in this range are five times more likely to have hepatitis C than those in other age groups.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis C infection?

You may have hepatitis C for decades before you begin to experience symptoms that are related to liver failure, which may include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Nausea, fatigue, and general loss of appetite
  • Fever that’s often low-grade but persistent
  • Pain in the muscles or joints that’s not explained by exercise or other issues
  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice, which causes yellowing of the skin and whites of your eyes
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Easy bruising
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Confusion, drowsiness, and slurred speech associated with cirrhosis

How is hepatitis C treated?

Hepatitis C is treated with antiviral medications. Traditionally, it took 12 months or longer to clear the virus with these drugs. More recently, oral medications have been introduced that may require treatment for only 2-6 months, but they must be taken daily.

When caught early, hepatitis C can is curable and serious liver damage is preventable. If you think you’re at risk, schedule a visit at Triborough GI today. Call the practice or use the online tool to book your appointment.