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Whitty, Marie and MacHale, Siobhan and Murray, Frank (2011) One-year audit of an irish specialist psycho-gastroenterology hepatitis C service. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine , 28 , (3) , pp. 153-155. 10.1017/S0790966700012167.

Hepatitis C is a common condition affecting approximately 170 million patient's worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that 8.9 million people in the European region are infected with Hepatitis C. Untreated chronic hepatitis C infection may result in cirrhosis (20-25%), end-stage liveer disease and hepatocellular carcinoma (1-4%).

Hepatitis C is the cause of about one half of all cases of primary liver cancer in the developed world. Patients with HCV infection also have a higher prevalence of psychiatric illnes than the general population, and individuals with psychiatric illness and drug dependence have higher rates of HCV infection than the general population.


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