HEP C & THE LIVER

HOW HEP C AFFECTS THE LIVER

A healthy liver is very important for your overall health. Your liver performs many functions including removing toxins and gathering nutrients from food. Hep C is a viral infection that affects the liver. Over time, a hep C infection may lead to liver damage, such as fibrosis and cirrhosis.

WHAT IS FIBROSIS?

A chronic hep C infection inflames the liver, which can lead to a kind of scarring called fibrosis. Healthcare professionals do a test to learn the level of fibrosis and give an “F-score” to the liver, from F0-F4.

Slide to the right to see how the liver progresses through stages of cirrhosis.

F0
No fibrosis

No liver damage yet

F1
Mild fibrosis

Liver damage is just starting

F2
Moderate fibrosis

Scar tissue is beginning to form

F3
Severe fibrosis

Scar tissue is so bad that it’s affecting blood flow in the liver

F4
Cirrhosis

The liver is taken over by scar tissue and can’t do its job