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Hepatitis Viral Overview

Another name for Hepatitis Viral is Viral Hepatitis.

What is viral hepatitis?
A person with viral hepatitis has inflammation of the liver, caused by a viral infection. The most common type of viral hepatitis is hepatitis A. Causes of viral hepatitis that may result in liver failure or cirrhosis include hepatitis B and hepatitis C. About 600,000 people in the US develop viral hepatitis each year.

What are the symptoms of viral hepatitis?
Symptoms of viral hepatitis include nausea, vomiting, upper abdominal pain, fever, body aches, fatigue, jaundice, and brown urine.

How does the doctor treat viral hepatitis?
The treatment for viral hepatitis depends on which virus is causing the infection. Treatment for viral hepatitis may include a liver disease diet and antiviral medications. Those who develop liver failure from viral hepatitis may require a liver transplant.

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Last Updated: Oct 4, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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