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What's the difference between acute and chronic viral hepatitis?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
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Acute hepatitis is the period of initial infection in which your naive immune system develops antibodies to the invading hep a, b or c.
If everything works well your body defeats the infection and the invaders are cleared from your system. In chronic hepatitis the invading hep b or c particles evade the immune system and persist in the cells of your liver causing longstanding damage.

In brief: Short and long

Acute hepatitis is the period of initial infection in which your naive immune system develops antibodies to the invading hep a, b or c.
If everything works well your body defeats the infection and the invaders are cleared from your system. In chronic hepatitis the invading hep b or c particles evade the immune system and persist in the cells of your liver causing longstanding damage.
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