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The Link Between Hep C and Parkinson’s Disease

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Pending further study results, Parkinson’s might be added as a possible extrahepatic manifestation of chronic Hepatitis C.

Extrahepatic Manifestations

The Hepatitis C virus mainly affects the liver, but many other conditions are associated with this disease. An extrahepatic manifestation is when organs other than the liver are affected. Extrahepatic manifestations with Hepatitis C are more common than many people realize; they include the skin, eyes, joints, immune system, kidneys and the nervous system. Read more about Hepatitis C’s impact on 7 other areas of the body.

According to Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief of the Hepatitis C Support Project, studies have found between 70 and 74 percent of Hepatitis C patients experience extrahepatic manifestations.

Some of the most common extrahepatic manifestations with Hepatitis C include:

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/304405.php, Hepatitis C may raise risk for Parkinson's, Honor Whiteman, Retrieved February 3, 2016, MediLexicon International, Ltd, 2016.

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