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Your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver.
Viruses cause most cases of hepatitis. The type of hepatitis is named for the virus that causes it; for example, hepatitis A, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Drug or alcohol use can also cause hepatitis. In other cases, your body mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the liver.
Some people who have hepatitis have no symptoms. Others may have
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dark-colored urine and pale bowel movements
- Stomach pain
- Jaundice, yellowing of skin and eyes
Sometimes hepatitis goes away by itself. If it does not, it can be treated with drugs. Sometimes hepatitis lasts a lifetime. Vaccines can help prevent some viral forms.
- Hepatitis A through E (Viral Hepatitis) (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
- Hepatitis Information for the Public (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Viral Hepatitis (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
- What Is Hepatitis? (World Health Organization) Also in Spanish
Diagnosis and Tests
Prevention and Risk Factors
- Protect Yourself from Hepatitis (National Institutes of Health)
- Living with Hepatitis (Hepatitis Foundation International)
Health Check Tools
- Hepatitis Risk Assessment (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Statistics and Research
- NCHHSTP Atlas (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- State Profiles: HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Hepatitis (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Systematic review of the influence of chemotherapy-associated liver injury on...
- Article: Imaging of hepatic toxicity of systemic therapy in a tertiary...
- Article: Accuracy of the paracetamol-aminotransferase multiplication product to predict hepatotoxicity in...
- Hepatitis -- see more articles
- Hepatitis (Nemours Foundation)
- Viral Hepatitis: Information for Gay and Bisexual Men (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - PDF