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Is hepatitis life-threatening?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Acute hepatitis is seldom life-threatening. Most people recovery completing from acute hepatitis within a few weeks to months. Chronic hepatitis can cause progressive damage to the liver, including scarring of the liver leading to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer. In severe cases, a liver transplant may be needed to replace a damaged liver. As many as 10,000 people with chronic hepatitis die each year from hepatitis C-related liver damage. Hepatitis can also cause other complications such as peritonitis, an enlarged spleen, and bleeding in the lower esophagus.

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