HEPATITIS (GENERAL)

07 May
Hepatitis is a general term meaning inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis is a disease that can be caused by a variety of different causes such as viruses, alcohol, drugs, autoimmune.

There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. Since the development of jaundice is a characteristic feature of liver disease, a correct diagnosis can only be made by testing patients’ sera for the presence of specific viral antigens and/or anti-viral antibodies.Hepatitis A and E are typically caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis B, C and D usually occur as a result of direct blood contact with infected body fluids (e.g. from blood transfusions, contaminated needles), or sexual contact.

The symptoms of hepatitis include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), dark urine, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. 
  
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Diagnosis

Since cases of acute viral hepatitis caused by different viruses are not clinically distinguishable, diagnosis is made by blood tests which detect specific antibodies to the particular virus or by detection of particular viral DNA or RNA.

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Dr. Andrea Rajnakova is our Consultant Gastroenterologist and Physician.

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