Chronic hepatitis and eventually cirrhosis may occur when liver cells are damaged by the hepatitis B (HBV) or C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is one of many viruses that cause inflammation of the liver. Healthy liver cells are replaced with scar tissue, reducing the ability of the liver to perform its many life-supporting functions. Patients with chronic viral hepatitis experience fatigue, jaundice, loss of appetite and hepatosplenomegaly (enlargement of the liver and spleen).
- Q Which of the hepatitis viruses is most damaging to my health?
- Q Who is at increased risk for liver cancer from hepatitis?
- Q Is there a vaccine for hepatitis?
- Q What is licorice root extract used for?
- Q How do I prepare to see my doctor about my hepatitis?
- Q How can I know if I have hepatitis?