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Chronic Hepatitis

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The Manual's Editorial Staff

Medically Reviewed Jun 2021 | Modified Sep 2022
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What is chronic hepatitis?

Hepatitis is inflammation (swelling) of the liver. A chronic illness is one that lasts a long time or may not go away at all. Chronic hepatitis lasts for 6 months or longer. Chronic hepatitis usually develops from acute hepatitis Acute Hepatitis Hepatitis is inflammation (swelling) of your liver. An acute illness is one that comes on quickly and goes away quickly. Acute hepatitis sometimes becomes chronic hepatitis. A chronic illness... read more but you may not know you had acute hepatitis. An acute illness is one that comes on quickly and goes away quickly.

What causes chronic hepatitis?

What are the symptoms of chronic hepatitis?

You could have symptoms such as:

How can doctors tell if I have chronic hepatitis?

Doctors will:

  • Do blood tests

  • Take a small sample of your liver to look at under a microscope (biopsy)

How do doctors treat chronic hepatitis?

Your doctor will treat your chronic hepatitis differently depending on the cause:

Doctors will also treat any complications your chronic hepatitis has caused.

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