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Epidemiology and transmission of hepatitis C virus infection

Sanjiv Chopra, MD, MACP
Section Editor
Adrian M Di Bisceglie, MD
Deputy Editor
Allyson Bloom, MD


Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is one of the most common chronic liver disease and accounts for 8000 to 13,000 deaths each year. The majority of liver transplants performed in the United States are for chronic HCV.

This topic will review the epidemiology and transmission of HCV. Screening for HCV, the approach to patients with acute HCV, and the clinical features, diagnosis, natural history, and management of patients with chronic HCV are discussed separately:

(See "Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of acute hepatitis C virus infection in adults".)

(See "Screening for chronic hepatitis C virus infection" and "Diagnosis and evaluation of chronic hepatitis C virus infection".)

(See "Clinical manifestations and natural history of chronic hepatitis C virus infection".)

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