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Can hepatitis b cause liver failure?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
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In brief: Yes

Chronic hepatitis b can cause the liver to develop severe scarring from the longstanding inflammation the virus causes.
The scarring, commonly referred to as cirrhosis, can be progressive such that more and more liver function is lost to scarring. Eventually there are too few healthy liver cells to remove toxins from the body and liver failure happens, usually over a period of years.

In brief: Yes

Chronic hepatitis b can cause the liver to develop severe scarring from the longstanding inflammation the virus causes.
The scarring, commonly referred to as cirrhosis, can be progressive such that more and more liver function is lost to scarring. Eventually there are too few healthy liver cells to remove toxins from the body and liver failure happens, usually over a period of years.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Lance Stein
Internal Medicine - Hepatology

In brief: Yes

Hepatitis b virus can cause either acute liver failure (liver failure early after infection) or chronic liver failure due to long-standing liver damage from hepatitis b through inflammation and scarring which can lead to liver cirrhosis in some individuals.
Hepatitis b also can cause liver cancer.

In brief: Yes

Hepatitis b virus can cause either acute liver failure (liver failure early after infection) or chronic liver failure due to long-standing liver damage from hepatitis b through inflammation and scarring which can lead to liver cirrhosis in some individuals.
Hepatitis b also can cause liver cancer.
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