Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology
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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 109-113

Hepatitis C and poor quality of life: Is it the virus or the patient?

Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ayman A Abdo
College of Medicine, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2925(59), Riyadh 11461
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-3767.41727

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Hepatitis C is a systemic disease that has many extrahepatic manifestations in addition to hepatic inflammation and fibrosis, some of which may result in a poor health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Fatigue is perhaps the most frequent and disabling extrahepatic symptom of hepatitis C virus (HCV), reported in almost one-half of all chronically infected individuals. Many other factors are associated with a poor quality of life in patients with HCV, including a number of physical and psychological factors. The objective of this article is to review the association between HCV and impaired HRQOL due to fatigue and psychological disturbances.

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