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

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Dr. John Fung
Surgery
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In brief: Depends on virus

Acute viral hepatitis is a self limiting infection.
Hepatitis a is only an acute infection and does not progress to chronicity. For hepatitis b, about 10-15% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic hbv. In contrast, for hepatitis c, 75-80% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic hcv. Chronicity develops when the immune system is unable to clear the virus.

In brief: Depends on virus

Acute viral hepatitis is a self limiting infection.
Hepatitis a is only an acute infection and does not progress to chronicity. For hepatitis b, about 10-15% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic hbv. In contrast, for hepatitis c, 75-80% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic hcv. Chronicity develops when the immune system is unable to clear the virus.
Dr. John Fung
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: See below

Patients with acute viral hepatitis generally present with nausea, malaise, weakness, fevers, and jaundice which occur within days to weeks of infection.
Depending on the cause, this usually will resolve sponteneously. Chronic hepatitis occurs when an infection does not resolve. Those with chronic hepatitis generally do not have symptosm but can develop complications over time.

In brief: See below

Patients with acute viral hepatitis generally present with nausea, malaise, weakness, fevers, and jaundice which occur within days to weeks of infection.
Depending on the cause, this usually will resolve sponteneously. Chronic hepatitis occurs when an infection does not resolve. Those with chronic hepatitis generally do not have symptosm but can develop complications over time.
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