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 What's the difference between acute and chronic viral hepatitis?
- Q Can hepatitis recur after a liver transplant?
- Q Are there different types of hepatitis?
- Q How can I care for someone with hepatitis?
- Q How dangerous is viral hepatitis?
- Q Does hepatitis run in families?