A 37-year-old female asked:
difference between hepatitis a b c d e...acute...viral...chronic...treatable? please explain
1 doctor answer
Dr. John Fung answered
39 years experience General Surgery
Hope this helps: Acute viral hepatitis is a self limiting infection. Hepatitis A is only an acute infection and does not progress to chronicity. For hepatitis B, about 10-15% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic HBV. In contrast, for hepatitis C, 75-80% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic HCV. Chronicity develops when the immune system is unable to clear the virus.
Answered on Oct 26, 2017
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