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Hepatitis Health Center

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  1. Hepatitis Panel - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about hepatitis A: What is hepatitis A? What are the types of viral hepatitis? What is fulminant hepatitis? What is cholestatic hepatitis? Being diagnosed: What is the test for antibodies to the hepatitis A virus? Getting treatment: What is immunoglobulin,and how can it prevent infection? Preventing hepatitis A: What's the simplest way to avoid hepatitis A? Who should get the hepatitis ...

  2. Hepatitis A - Topic Overview

    A postvaccination test for immunity to the hepatitis B virus (HBV) is recommended only if you: Have an impaired immune system. This can be caused by many things,such as infection with HIV or the use of medicines to prevent organ rejection. Are older than age 49. Received the hepatitis B vaccine in the buttock. (The vaccine is less effective when given in the buttock. It is more effective ...

  3. Hepatitis Panel - Topic Overview

    Up to 85% of people who are infected with the hepatitis C virus will develop long-term (chronic) infection.1 About 25% of people who have chronic hepatitis C will go on to develop cirrhosis—severe liver damage and scarring—after a period of about 20 years or more.2Certain factors may affect how quickly problems such as cirrhosis or liver cancer develop.The way cirrhosis develops depends on:3How much liver damage you had when you were diagnosed and how long you have had the infection. The amount of liver damage you have compared with how long you have had hepatitis C can help determine how likely it is that you will develop cirrhosis.Your age when you were infected. People who are older than 40 when they become infected may develop cirrhosis more quickly. How much alcohol you drink. People who drink too much alcohol (heavy drinking) can develop cirrhosis much more quickly than people with who do not drink or who drink very little alcohol.Your gender. Men may develop cirrhosis more

  4. Hepatitis Panel - Topic Overview

    Viral hepatitis is liver inflammation caused by infection with a virus. The following viruses cause most cases of viral hepatitis: Hepatitis A virus (HAV) Hepatitis B virus (HBV) Hepatitis C virus (HCV) Hepatitis D virus (HDV) Hepatitis E virus (HEV) A virus that causes hepatitis can be spread from one person to another. Hepatitis B,C,and D viruses are spread when an uninfected person comes ...

  5. Hepatitis Panel - Topic Overview

    The American Association for the Study of Liver Disease has made recommendations for treating long-term (chronic) hepatitis B. These recommendations are based on the presence of hepatitis B antigens in your blood,the level of hepatitis B viral DNA ( HBV DNA ) in your blood,and the levels of your liver enzymes. Chronic hepatitis B can be HBeAg-positive or -negative. This means a specific ...

  6. Hepatitis Panel - Topic Overview

    The hepatitis B virus contains DNA. If DNA from the hepatitis B virus is found in your blood sample,then your doctor knows that the virus is multiplying. You are contagious when HBV DNA is present. The higher the level of HBV DNA,the more contagious you are. If you have a long-term (chronic) HBV infection,the presence of high levels of viral DNA means that you are at increased risk for ...

  7. Hepatitis Panel - Topic Overview

    People who have fulminant hepatitis typically develop the symptoms seen in viral hepatitis and then rapidly (within hours,days,or occasionally weeks) develop severe,often life-threatening liver failure. Symptoms of severe liver failure include confusion,extreme irritability,altered consciousness (usually leading to unconsciousness or coma),blood-clotting defects,and buildup of fluid in ...

  8. Combination Vaccine for Hepatitis A and B

    Drug details for Combination vaccine for hepatitis A and B.

  9. Hepatitis C Tests

    WebMD describes the various tests used to diagnose a hepatitis C infection and the amount of damage to the liver.

  10. Hepatitis Panel - Topic Overview

    Eating raw shellfish,especially oysters,may put you at risk for hepatitis A. Bivalves such as oysters and clams filter large amounts of water when feeding. If shellfish are living in water that has been contaminated with stool containing the hepatitis A virus,the shellfish may carry the virus. People then may get it when they eat the raw or undercooked shellfish. Raw shellfish also may ...

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