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What's the main difference between hepatitis a and b?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Hepatitis A and B: Hepatitis a and b virus infections show the same symptoms and cause liver damage. Hep a infection is a more acute illness with shorter duration while infection from the b tends to be more chronic lasting months and years. In addition, hep b infection carries a risk cancer complications. Hep a is contracted from eating contaminated foods; hep b from sex and blood transfusions.

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What are the key differences among hepatitis a, b, and c?

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Dr. Gary Gottlieb
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
Acute vs chronic: Hepatitis a is an acute infection which usually does not last more than a few months; it is almost never fatal. It is contracted by shaking hands with or eating food prepared by a person with the infection. Hepatitis b and c are usually chronic infections which can lead to liver failure, cirrhosis, or liver cancer. They are transmitted by tiny amounts of blood; both treatable with medications.
A 33-year-old member asked:

I want to know what's the difference between hepatitis a, b & c?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
A, B, and C: A: fecal-oral transmission (contaminated food, sex, children with dirty fingers), causes acute hepatitis, preventable by vaccine. B: transmission by sex, blood contact (sharing needles, needle sticks). Causes acute and chronic hepatitis, preventable by vaccine. C: transmission by blood contact (sharing needles, needle sticks), sometimes sex. Mostly chronic hepatitis. No vaccine, but curable.

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