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What causes hepatitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver, is commonly caused by the hepatitis A, B, and C viruses. Hepatitis can also be caused by an autoimmune response, exposure to poisons, and alcohol consumption. Other disorders and diseases that affect the liver include inflammatory bowel disease, Wilson's disease, and cystic fibrosis and mononucleosis. Depending upon the cause, hepatitis can be acute (short-term) or chronic.

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