Hepatitis (he-puh-TEYE-tuhs) means inflammation (swelling) of the liver. Hepatitis can be caused by:
- Certain drugs
- Some diseases
- Heavy alcohol use
- Bacterial and viral infections
Hepatitis is most often caused by one of several viruses, which is why it is often called viral hepatitis. The most common types of viral hepatitis in the United States are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
Your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver.
Viruses cause most cases of hepatitis. The type of hepatitis is named for the virus that causes it; for example, hepatitis A, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Drug or alcohol use can also cause hepatitis. In other cases, your body mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the liver.
Some people who have hepatitis have no symptoms. Others may have:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dark-colored urine and pale bowel movements
- Stomach pain
- Jaundice, yellowing of skin and eyes
Some forms of hepatitis are mild, and others can be serious. Some can lead to scarring, called cirrhosis, or to liver cancer.
Sometimes hepatitis goes away by itself. If it does not, it can be treated with drugs. Sometimes hepatitis lasts a lifetime. Vaccines can help prevent some viral forms.
You can learn more about other kinds of hepatitis from the National Library of Medicine.
NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
A quick & accurate diagnosis is the first step to better health.
It’s important to be tested for HCV if you think you might be at risk. Our board-certified gastroenterologist can diagnose the disease, determine the amount of virus in your blood and pinpoint the genetic makeup of the virus.
A diagnosis of HCV doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need treatment. We’ll work with you to help you make the most appropriate decision based on the results of your tests and other factors. Your health is our top priority.
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Our skilled and compassionate physicians understand HCV and the latest treatment options. We will design anindividualized treatment plan, based on the most advanced therapies, to help clear the virus from your bloodstream.
We’ll also provide patient education and support and monitor your progress every step of the way. And we are always available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
For the knowledgeable care and compassionate, personalized care you deserve, call Dr. Robert Schiffer, gastroenterologist today at 1(949)631-3001/