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What is the definition or description of: hepatitis?

Liver infection: Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, and some cause cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: hepatitis a?

What is the definition or description of: hepatitis a?

Viral infection: It is a viral infection of your liver usually food born that will resolve over time with little or no consequence. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hepatitis b?

Viral liver disease: Hepatitis b is a viral liver disease. Until vaccines were developed this was a very common cause of hepatitis, and still is in some countries. Hep b is a progressive chronic disease which can lead to cirrhosis and also to cancer of the liver. It is also implicated in the causation of some other cancers. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hepatitis profile?

What is the definition or description of: hepatitis profile?

A, B and C: A hepatitis profile is one where the serum is checked for antibodies to hepatitis a, b and c (although there are other types of hepatitis such as delta). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hepatitis b surface ab?

What is the definition or description of: hepatitis b surface ab?

Long-term immunity!: Hepatitis b surface antibody is an immune response to hepatitis b antigen in serum, which appears 1 to 10 weeks after exposure to hepatitis b virus. Antigen means something that makes our immune system produce an antibody to fight. In acute hepatitis b infection, the virus is the surface antigen (detected in serum) leading to production of surface antibody, to expel the virus, lasting for life. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hepatitis D?

What is the definition or description of: Hepatitis D?

Hepatitis D: Hepatitis D is an infection which causes liver inflammation due to the hepatitis D virus . ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hepatitis c?

A virus : Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself (viral load; hcv rna). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hepatitis a igm?

What is the definition or description of: hepatitis a igm?

Antibody: Hepatitis a is a virus that is transmitted through contaminated water sources. It infects the liver and causes liver damage. The body is usually able to eradicate the virus and the infection does not become chronic. The hepatitis igm antibody is part of the early immune response against the infection. It is the first type of antibody formed. It can be measured in the blood during acute infection. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hepatitis C genotype?

What is the definition or description of: hepatitis C genotype?

1a-6a: Hepatitis c virus (hcv or sometimes hvc) is a small (55–65 nm in size), enveloped, positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus of the family flaviviridae. The following are the types (genotypes): genotype 1a genotype 1b genotype 2a, 2b, 2c & 2d genotype 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e & 3f genotype 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 4g, 4h, 4i, 4j genotype 5a genotype 6a. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hepatitis C ab?

What is the definition or description of: hepatitis C ab?

Anti-HCV antibody: Laboratory testing for hcv infection usually begins by screening for the presence of hcv antibodies (anti-hcv) in serum, using an fda-approved anti-hcv screening test. Hcv antibodies are usually not detected during the first 2 months following infection and are almost always detectable by the late convalescent stage (>6 months after onset) of infection. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hepatitis a vaccine?

Prevent disease: An immunization to help prevent hepatitis a disease by helping the body's immune system to recognize and fight the infecction. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: non-a non-b hepatitis?

What is the definition or description of: non-a non-b hepatitis?

As it sounds,: Non a, non b hepatitis was the name given to cases of transmissible hepatitis that could not be identified as type a or b by blood tests. Much of these are now known to be hepatitis c but others are type e. Hcv is transmitted by blood whereas hev is food or waterborne generally. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: alcoholic hepatitis?

What is the definition or description of: alcoholic hepatitis?

Liver inflammation: In people who have an apparent genetic or other predisposition, repeated heavy use of alcohol initially causes fat to accumulate in liver cells, which ultimately causes inflammation, which is alcoholic hepatitis. Under microscope there are inflammatory cells and signs of the body's reaction. With repeated injury, scarring begins to occur, and when severe and widespread results in cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: autoimmune hepatitis?

What is the definition or description of: autoimmune hepatitis?

INFLAMED LIVER: Normally our immune system is our body's army. It attacks harmful trespassers like viruses and bacteria that cause infections. Autoimmune hepatitis is one of the diseases when our army gets confused and attacks the liver causing inflammation. I call it a "friendly fire" disease. Other examples of these include rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Reaction to hepatitis A vaccine?

What is the definition or description of: Reaction to hepatitis A vaccine?

Hep A vaccine: This is one of thee safest vaccines we have. Sometimes there could be a localized reaction at the site, such as pain, redness or a little swelling. Rarely, there could be something more systemic such as fevers or malaise. Overall though, the safety is excellent. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Reaction to hepatitis B vaccine?

What is the definition or description of: Reaction to hepatitis B vaccine?

Fever and Swelling: The most typical reactions we see to Hep B vaccine are fever and local swelling around the site, within 72 hours of being vaccinated. ...Read more