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Hepatitis simply means inflammation of the liver.  There are many possible causes although worldwide the majority of cases are caused by viruses.

What is the difference between acute and chronic hepatitis?

In acute hepatitis, liver inflammation can be quite pronounced but present for a relatively short time (days or a few weeks).  In chronic hepatitis, the inflammation is usually more low grade but present for months and years.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis?

In acute hepatitis, symptoms might include jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin together with dark urine), fever, malaise, fatigue, and dull pain in the right upper abdomen.  Chronic hepatitis often causes no or minor symptoms and so many people with chronic hepatitis do not know that they have the condition.

What are the causes of hepatitis?

Acute hepatitis is often due to infection with certain viruses (e.g. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B) or due to liver damage from medications (e.g. certain antibiotics, herbal medicines) or liver toxins (e.g. excess alcohol use). Chronic hepatitis can be caused by viruses that remain in the liver for years (e.g. Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C), fatty liver disease, long-term alcohol use, or autoimmune conditions where the body’s immune system damages the liver.

Is hepatitis dangerous?

Most cases of acute hepatitis will settle with no long-term liver damage but rarely the liver inflammation can cause severe or even life-threatening illness.  In chronic hepatitis, there is a danger that long-term ongoing liver inflammation can result in scarring and cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer.

How is hepatitis treated?

Most cases of acute hepatitis will settle without the need for specific treatment as long as any medicines or toxins that may have caused the hepatitis are stopped.  However, your doctor must monitor your liver until all the inflammation has settled.   In chronic hepatitis, the goal is to prevent ongoing inflammation of the liver to reduce the risk of further liver damage and complications.  Hepatitis C infection can usually be cured with a course of tablet medication whereas Hepatitis B treatment is aimed at suppressing rather than getting rid of the virus.  In autoimmune hepatitis steroids or other medication to suppress the damage from the immune system may be used.  In chronic hepatitis due to fatty liver disease, weight reduction is the best way of treating liver inflammation although several promising medications are in development. Dr. Neil, the Best Hepatologist in Dubai, has successfully treated numerous patients using the above methods. Contact us to book appointment today!

If you are worried about your liver or if you have a chronic liver disease of any cause, Dr Neil can arrange any necessary tests, treatment, and monitoring.