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Can hepatitis a cause liver failure?

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Aaron Stupple
General Practice
4 doctors agree

In brief: In some cases

Usually, hepatits a goes away on its own, completely resolving within 3-6 months.
However, those with chronic liver disease, especially chronic hepatitis c, are prone to liver failure from hepatitis a. Age also plays a role- children are often asymptomatic while adults can vary from mild disease to liver failure. Death has occurred from hep a.

In brief: In some cases

Usually, hepatits a goes away on its own, completely resolving within 3-6 months.
However, those with chronic liver disease, especially chronic hepatitis c, are prone to liver failure from hepatitis a. Age also plays a role- children are often asymptomatic while adults can vary from mild disease to liver failure. Death has occurred from hep a.
Aaron Stupple
Aaron Stupple
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Mike Moore
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, sometimes.

Most of the time hepatitis a causes a short, mild disease.
..But sometimes, especially in those with preexisting liver problems or who are older, it can cause acute liver failure. This, plus the prevention of transmission of hepatitis a between people is the reason immunization for hepatitis a is so important.

In brief: Yes, sometimes.

Most of the time hepatitis a causes a short, mild disease.
..But sometimes, especially in those with preexisting liver problems or who are older, it can cause acute liver failure. This, plus the prevention of transmission of hepatitis a between people is the reason immunization for hepatitis a is so important.
Mike Moore
Mike Moore
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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

There are no long term sequelae of a hepatitis a infection, although acute liver failure is a remote possibility.
The HAV vaccine is usually given to travelers to developing nations. Infection usually causes a transient flu-like illness and treatment is supportive.

In brief: Probably not

There are no long term sequelae of a hepatitis a infection, although acute liver failure is a remote possibility.
The HAV vaccine is usually given to travelers to developing nations. Infection usually causes a transient flu-like illness and treatment is supportive.
Brian Fishman
Brian Fishman
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Dr. Yash Khanna
In acute phase of the disease one of the complication is acute hepatic necrosis which can cause Liver Falure.Fortunately it is not that common and most of peeople recovver completely.That is the reason why we are immunising all children against Hepatitis A by giving two injections 6 months apart.People who are travelling to country where Hep A is endemic also need to be vaccnated against Hep A
Dr. Mahaveer Mukkamalla
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Rarely

Hepatitis a infection is caused by the virus spread by contamination of water and food.
The infection usually manifests as fever, abdominal pain and mild jaundice. This resolves on its own in few days. There is a vaccine recommened to travelers especially. It rarely causes liver failure.

In brief: Rarely

Hepatitis a infection is caused by the virus spread by contamination of water and food.
The infection usually manifests as fever, abdominal pain and mild jaundice. This resolves on its own in few days. There is a vaccine recommened to travelers especially. It rarely causes liver failure.
Dr. Mahaveer Mukkamalla
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