Tip 152: hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a single stranded RNA virus leading to hepatic fibrosis, cirrhosis and occasionally hepatocellular carcinoma.

Unlike Hepatitis B, vertical transmission is rare (~5% in Hep C viraemic mothers, increasing to 15-25% from a mother co-infected with HIV), so only high-risk women are screened.

Reference: Prasad, M. R., & Honegger, J. R. (2013). Hepatitis C virus in pregnancy. American journal of perinatology30(2).

Previously published: 04/08/14, 17/07/15

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