1 doctor weighed in:
What's the difference between acute and chronic viral hepatitis?
1 doctor weighed in

Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
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.

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.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Dr. Dan Fisher
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Board Certified,
20 years in practice
162K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors