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Which of the hepatitis viruses is most damaging to my health?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Seventy-five to 85 percent of people who become infected with hepatitis C develop chronic hepatitis. Chronic hepatitis is a progressive liver disease that can cause long-term damage to your liver, such as continued inflammation of the liver resulting in scarring of the liver tissue (cirrhosis). Liver failure and liver cancer are also reported with hepatitis C. Medications are available to treat chronic hepatitis B in adults and chronic hepatitis C in adults and children (medications are limited for children). Hepatitis A and E do not cause chronic hepatitis, and hepatitis D only infects people with hepatitis B. Only 15-25% of hepatitis B patients develop chronic hepatitis.

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