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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is chronic hepatitis?

Inflammation of the liver over long periods of time. This can lead to scarring and liver failure. It is often caused by viruses like the hepatitis B and C viruses. Other causes include chronic alcohol use, fatty liver disease, and autoimmune diseases (body's own immune system attacking itself).

Symptoms of chronic hepatitis

  • Swelling of any body part

  • Joint pain even when resting

  • Problems with liver function on the latest blood test

  • Loss of appetite

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

  • Stomach feels bloated

Questions your doctor may ask to check for chronic hepatitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose chronic hepatitis

  • Do you have any swelling in any part of your body?

  • Do you have joint pain even when you are at rest?

  • Have you been diagnosed with liver abnormalities on the most recent blood test?

  • Do you have less or no appetite, therefore eat less food?

  • Have you noticed your eyes or skin are turning yellow?

Treatment for chronic hepatitis

Treatment depends on the cause of hepatitis. Some types are treated with antiviral medicines, while others require immune-suppressing medications. Follow-up and regular scans are advised to monitor for liver cancer or liver failure.

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