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Computer illustration showing a cirrhotic liver and a close-up of hepatitis C viruses. Hepatitis C is a common cause of chronic hepatitis which progresses to liver cirrhosis. Viruses cause cell death (necrosis) in the hepatic lobules, which leads to scarring. This causes the liver surface to appear rough and lumpy instead of the usual smooth healthy appearance. The disease is irreversible and may lead to liver carcinoma.
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