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Care and Treatment for Viral Hepatitis

Why Choose Treatment for Viral Hepatitis at University of Colorado Hospital?

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The Infectious Disease Group Practice at University of Colorado Hospital is nationally recognized. Our doctors are board-certified and conduct groundbreaking research.

In addition, our multidisciplinary care team has experience in diagnosing and managing a wide range of infectious diseases, including Viral Hepatitis. And we offer patients access to the latest treatments.

Viral Hepatitis Symptoms

Viral hepatitis symptoms can include:

  • Yellow skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Low-grade fever
  • Headache

What is Viral Hepatitis?

Viral hepatitis is a liver disease that causes inflammation of the liver. Several different viruses can cause viral hepatitis:

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It can affect anyone. It sometimes causes isolated cases. At other times, it causes widespread epidemics. Hepatitis A can be prevented by good personal hygiene and proper sanitation. In addition, a vaccine is available for people 12 months and older. Hepatitis A virus does not cause chronic (long-term) hepatitis.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It can cause ongoing infection, cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure, liver cancer, and in some cases, death. A hepatitis B vaccine is available for all ages. Hepatitis B can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term).

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is most commonly spread through contact with infected blood. You can also get HCV through sex with an infected person, and in some cases it passes from mother to baby in childbirth. For many people, it takes years to develop symptoms after initial infection with the virus. Hepatitis C can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term).

Hepatitis D

Hepatitis D is caused by the hepatitis D virus (HDV). It exists in the blood of persons already infected with the hepatitis B virus.

Hepatitis E

Hepatitis E is caused by the hepatitis E virus (HVE). It is similar to hepatitis A, and can be prevented in similar ways. Hepatitis E is not usually found in the United States.