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What is hepatitis from?
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Dr. John Fung
Surgery
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In brief: Variety of reasons
Hepatitis simply means inflammation of the liver and is reflected by elevated liver function tests (ast and alt) - it can be the result of many things - the most common are: alcohol, fatty liver, viral hepatitis (hepatitis b and hepatitis c), autoimmune hepatitis, and drug induced hepatitis.
Treatment varies by etiology, so it is critical to determine the cause - see you physician to have tests.

In brief: Variety of reasons
Hepatitis simply means inflammation of the liver and is reflected by elevated liver function tests (ast and alt) - it can be the result of many things - the most common are: alcohol, fatty liver, viral hepatitis (hepatitis b and hepatitis c), autoimmune hepatitis, and drug induced hepatitis.
Treatment varies by etiology, so it is critical to determine the cause - see you physician to have tests.
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung
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Dr. Rick Kirschner
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends on type
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Viral hepatitis is caused by a few specific viruses, types a, b, c, d, e, f (not confirmed), and g.
The most common hepatitis viruses are types a, b, and c. A, by oral secretions and stool. B, sexual conduct, blood (tattooing, piercing, transfusions). C, sharing needles, transfusions. D, same as b. Up to 1/3 of cases have unknown source.

In brief: Depends on type
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Viral hepatitis is caused by a few specific viruses, types a, b, c, d, e, f (not confirmed), and g.
The most common hepatitis viruses are types a, b, and c. A, by oral secretions and stool. B, sexual conduct, blood (tattooing, piercing, transfusions). C, sharing needles, transfusions. D, same as b. Up to 1/3 of cases have unknown source.
Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschner
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