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What causes hepatitis?
The liver can become inflamed for a number of reasons. The most common cause of hepatitis is infection by one of several different viruses. Other causes of hepatitis include autoimmune problems, heart and circulation problems and the effect of various substances such …
Who gets hepatitis?
Anyone can be infected by hepatitis. Groups at particular risk include heavy drinkers, sexual partners of hepatitis carriers, people sharing a household with hepatitis carriers, injecting drug users (past or present) and people who live in, or have travelled to, …
How is hepatitis diagnosed?
Your doctor will diagnose hepatitis by asking you about your recent medical history and symptoms, examining you and performing specific blood tests.
How is hepatitis treated?
Treatment of hepatitis often depends on the specific cause. In general, treatment focuses on managing the symptoms, supporting your body's immune system, helping the body recover and easing the burden on your liver as much as possible. Bed rest, hydration and good …
What are the complications of hepatitis?
The complications of hepatitis include liver damage (cirrhosis), liver failure and liver cancer. These complications can cause serious harm and death.