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what is hepatitis?

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Liver inflammation: Usually when people talk about hepatitis, they mean one of the infections in the liver, but it can mean inflammation from other causes as well (e.g.Alcohol). Hepatitis a is the kind you get from contaminated food. It causes an acute illness that can last weeks. Hepatitis b and c are from contaminated blood (in the same way as hiv/aids). Both, but especially c can cause chronic liver problems.
Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice 33 years experience
Liver inflammation: Add an itis to anything and it means inflammation. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver and can be caused by viruses (such as hep a, hep b, hep c, and ebv), alcohol, medications, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (nash), autoimmune diseases, toxins, and tumors.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Liver inflammation: Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, caused by infectious microbes (viruses, parasites, etc...) or toxic substances (alcohol, medications, autoimmune antibodies, etc...) and has symptoms which include jaundice, fever, liver enlargement, and abdominal pain.
Dr. Jamie Berkes
Hepatology 23 years experience
?: Need more information. The definition of hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. It can be caused from many things including infections, medications, alcohol, autoimmune disorders, metabolic conditions, and genetic defects.
Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschneranswered
General Practice 40 years experience
Depends on type: Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Viral hepatitis is caused by a few specific viruses, types a, b, c, d, e, f (not confirmed), and g. The most common hepatitis viruses are types a, b, and c. A, by oral secretions and stool. B, sexual conduct, blood (tattooing, piercing, transfusions). C, sharing needles, transfusions. D, same as b. Up to 1/3 of cases have unknown source.
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
Variety of reasons: Hepatitis simply means inflammation of the liver and is reflected by elevated liver function tests (ast and alt) - it can be the result of many things - the most common are: alcohol, fatty liver, viral hepatitis (hepatitis b and hepatitis c), autoimmune hepatitis, and drug induced hepatitis. Treatment varies by etiology, so it is critical to determine the cause - see you physician to have tests.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Liver inflammation: Which can be related to one of the several hepatitis viruses such as a, b, c or e, or can be due to a toxic such as alcohol or as a reaction to a medication.
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Liver inflammation..: It is a liver inflammation which could be caused by various reasons. Viral hepatitis could be caused by types A,B, C, D, E, the most common are the first three. Also frequent alcohol intake, medications, autoimmune, among others.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
A virus: Hepatitis A is a virus that can infect the liver but does not stay around after the infection is cleared (meaning that patients don't become chronic carriers). It is more common in developing countries and third world countries than here in the United States. The virus is in human sewage, so places where there is not a good sewage system will have hepatitis A problems. Everyone can get vaccinated.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How common is hepatitis?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Depends: Depends on which population you are looking at. Worldwide there are 300 million with hep b and the incidence of hep c is about 0.3/1000. The prevalence is greatly increased in high risk groups such as high risk sexual behavior and IV drug abuse. Prevention is your best friend as hep b and c can both cause chronic and life altering infection.
Dr. Thomas Buehner
Infectious Disease 40 years experience
In the HIV/AIDS, IVDU and prison population the incidence of both Hepatitis B and C are increased above that of the general population. Also with both of these viruses, if you don't look for them you may not discover their presence until the liver disease has progressed. I feel these studies should be part of a new patient w/u and repeated based on the patient population.
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A member asked:

Whar is hepatitis?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Inflamation of liver: Hepatitis or liver inflamation has many causes. The most common are alcoholic hepatitis, viral hepatitis caused by hepatitis a, b, or c virus and drug induced hepatitis.
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What's hepatitis disease?

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Dr. Chirag Vasa
Infectious Disease 27 years experience
Liver: It is inflammation or infection of liver. Caused by viral, bacterial, parasite, autoimmune or drug related.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

Is hepatitis.Curable?

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Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: It is a tough and expensive proposition, but there is a treatment. Hepatitis is treated like cancer. Interferon is like chemotherapy. There is the possibility that after treatment, no hepatitis virus is detectable anymore. Unfortunately, just like cancer, even a treated hepatitis may not be cured completely, and may recur.
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Hepatitis any medication?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Maybe: Some viral causes of hepatitis can be treated medically.

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