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Viral Hepatitis

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. There are five common forms of viral hepatitis, categorized from A through E.

Our viral hepatitis program is staffed by a team of specially trained physicians and nurses who focus on coordinated care to effectively manage both acute and chronic viral hepatitis. In addition to our team members, we work closely with specialists in gastroenterology, transplant hepatology, rheumatology, gastrointestinal pathology and others to provide comprehensive care to those with viral hepatitis. We also work with programs including the AIDS Program in the Nathan Smith Clinic.

The team is dedicated to the education, treatment and research of viral hepatitis. We provide formal education classes and individual sessions for patients with chronic hepatitis. Through research, we ensure our patients have the opportunity to access advanced treatments and clinical trials for viral hepatitis and liver disorders.

Symptoms

Common symptoms of hepatitis include:

  • Dark colored urine
  • Fatigue or aches and pains
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pale or gray colored stool
  • Upset stomach

The disease is preventable and most patients recover from it. However, it is still a serious health risk because it could lead to other health conditions including:

  • Liver cancer
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Liver failure
  • Weakening of the immune system

Diagnosis

Blood tests can be performed by your doctor to see if a virus has caused a form of hepatitis. Other tests such as liver function tests, ultrasounds or liver biopsies can also confirm the diagnosis of hepatitis.

Treatment

Treatment will depend on what form of hepatitis you have and how severe it is. Some forms of the condition will resolve on their own, while others last for a few years and may require antiviral medications or other medical therapies for treatment. Vaccinations are available for hepatitis A and B to help prevent contracting the condition. In our program, your doctor will carefully monitor your liver function and work with you to develop the best course of treatment.