Most people who are infected with hepatitis C infection do not have symptoms until permanent scarring of the liver called cirrhosis occurs year later. If hepatitis C infection is caught before permanent damage occurs, it is often because it was detected during blood tests for a routine physical or other medical procedure.
The following symptoms may develop with hepatitis C infection:
Abdominal pain (right upper abdomen)
Loss of appetite
Pale or clay-colored stools
Ascites (excess fluid in the space between the tissues lining the abdomen and abdominal organs)
Bleeding varices (dilated veins in the esophagus)
Since symptoms of hepatitis C usually do not occur until permanent damage has been done, anyone who has a risk factor for hepatitis C infection should be tested by a health care provider.