Chronic active hepatitis

What is Chronic active hepatitis?

Hepatitis (plural: hepatitides) is a medical condition defined by the inflammation of the liver and characterized by the presence of inflammatory cells in the tissue of the organ. Hepatitis may occur with limited or no symptoms, but often leads to jaundice (a yellow discoloration of the skin, mucous membrane, and conjunctiva), poor appetite, and malaise. Hepatitis is acute when it lasts less than six months and chronic when it persists longer.

Acute hepatitis can be self-limiting (healing on its own), can progress to chronic hepatitis, or, rarely, can cause acute liver failure. Chronic hepatitis may have no symptoms, or may progress over time to fibrosis (scarring of the liver) and cirrhosis (chronic liver failure). Cirrhosis of the liver increases the risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (a form of liver cancer).

Worldwide, viral hepatitis is the most common cause of liver inflammation. Other causes include autoimmune diseases and ingestion of toxic substances (notably alcohol), certain medications (such as paracetamol), some industrial organic solvents, and plants.

The term is derived from the Greek hêpar (), meaning "liver", and the suffix -itis (), meaning "inflammation" (c. 1727).

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My son has splenomegaly and protal hypertension secondary to chronic active hepatitis. He is having frequent fatty stools and difficulty...

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Spleenomegaly and portal hypertension can be be treated with drugs like spirinolactone and beta blockers.Reducing the intake of...

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What does Hep Be Ab-so reactive means?

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this test can't be interpreted on its own. Please upload the complete report...

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hello I was wondering if chronic active hepatitis b could cause clubbing of fingers my fingers to me seems to be at early...

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clubbing?

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although a picture is not the best way to assess the fingers, your fingers don't like that! Perhaps...

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