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Inflamed Liver Overview

Another name for Inflamed Liver is Hepatitis.

What is hepatitis?
A person with hepatitis has inflammation of the liver. The most common causes include alcoholism and viral infections, including hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis D, or hepatitis E viruses.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis?
Symptoms of hepatitis depend on the underlying cause. Initial symptoms of hepatitis may include weakness, fatigue, fever, and right upper abdominal pain. In some cases, symptoms of hepatitis may include jaundice, brown urine, and itching.

How does the doctor treat hepatitis?
Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for hepatitis may include a liver disease diet, antiviral medications, and medications to control nausea and itching. Those who have severe hepatitis may be candidates for liver transplant.

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Last Updated: Sep 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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