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Is it a given to get jaundice with hep c or for sure cirrhosis? My eyes are not yellow and my skin color isn't really yellow but really pale and I think they call it sallow. It is kind of yellow-gray. Not real yellow.

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    Does alcohol feature in this?
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      Again, don't know what happend to my post. No, alcohol doesn't factor. I haven't drank in about 18 yrs. used to drink like a fish when I was younger though. I was diagnosed with hep c in 2000 and in the last couple of years I've developed cirrhosis. I got the hep c from using iv drugs. I am not proud of that but hey, may as well be truthful.
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    No, jaundice is not a given. It will not generally happen until advanced liver disease sets in, or an acute hepatitis bout or a biliary issue (stones, infection, etc). But no matter the cause, it will be detectable via blood tests of your Bilirubin. Jaundice will begin around a level of 2.5 mg/dL or so.

    The subtle alternative for many different liver diseases is anemia. Patients can develop it for any number of reasons and not know it. The skin color will look funny though, like jaundice in a way, but it is called pallor. Unlike jaundice, pallor will not be reflected in the eyes.

    Your recent CBC and CMP or liver panels should shed some light on things for you.

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    Carol first hep c will attack your liver and can cause the cirrhosis and my cause cancer has it did with me my final option was a liver transplant in July just gone so get to a specialist Asap don't drink alcohol in the mean time .

     Hep c is curable 90 day course , cirrhosis will cure itself , stop drinking!

    dont leave it to late ! Good luck hope everything goes well Bob 

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