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Author Topic: What Causes Hep C-Related Fatigue?  (Read 6070 times)

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What Causes Hep C-Related Fatigue?
« on: November 18, 2015, 01:04:48 pm »
A recent study conducted by researchers at UCLA looked into the way that hep C may cause fatigue through its effects on the brain. They found that various neurological complications of hep C infection, including fatigue as well as cognitive problems, are related to changes in the frontal-subcortical structures of the organ.

Other potential causes of fatigue include cirrhosis, which is severe damage to the liver and a major potential long-term consequence of hep C, as well as the production of cytokines, which are an inflammatory immune response to the virus.

However, it can be hard to tease apart the root cause of fatigue among people with hep C, because there can be so many overlapping non-virus-related factors that are quite common among the population. So the virus may only be partially to blame for fatigue. Drug and alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety can all zap energy, as can the simple knowledge of having a serious disease.

For more information: http://www.hepmag.com/articles/fighting_fatigue_2502_28035.shtml


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