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Carola Felchner

Carola Felchner is a freelance author at lifelikeinc.com and a certified exercise and nutritionist. She worked at various trade magazines and online portals before becoming self-employed in 2015 as a journalist. Before her traineeship, she studied translating and interpreting in Kempten and Munich.

More about the lifelikeinc.com expertsUnter hepatitis one understands an inflammation of the liver. This can be caused by viruses, toxins, drugs or autoimmune diseases. Physicians distinguish different forms of hepatitis depending on the cause, duration and histologic features. Read more about symptoms, causes and treatment of liver inflammation and how to prevent hepatitis!

ICD codes for this disease: ICD codes are internationally valid medical diagnosis codes. They are found e.g. in medical reports or on incapacity certificates. K73B19B18K75B16B17B15ArtikelübersichtHepatitis

  • Forms of hepatitis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis D
  • Hepatitis E
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • symptoms
  • causes
  • transmission
  • diagnosis
  • treatment
  • Course and prognosis
  • prevention
  • Hepatitis vaccination

Quick Overview

  • What is hepatitis? An inflammation of the liver that can be acute or chronic
  • To shape: Viral hepatitis (hepatitis A, B, C, D, E), viral concomitant hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis
  • symptoms: sometimes no symptoms; in other cases, significant to severe symptoms such as nausea, fever, upper abdominal pain and possibly jaundice
  • Causes: Viruses, poisons (such as alcohol), medications, metabolic diseases, autoimmune processes
  • Treatment: depending on the cause and severity of the disease; e.g. Protection, light food, alcohol abstinence, medication, possibly liver transplantation
  • Forecast: Acute forms usually heal by themselves. Chronic forms can permanently damage the liver. Cirrhosis and liver cancer are possible consequences.
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Forms of hepatitis

The term hepatitis means liver inflammation. But that is already over with the simplicity. The exact nature of hepatitis can only be answered a little more vaguely because there are different forms of the disease.

First of all, the duration of hepatitis can be divided into two forms:

  • acute hepatitis: lasts less than half a year
  • chronic hepatitis: lasts longer than six months, develops mainly from hepatitis B, C and D.

Also according to the cause you can divide hepatitis:

  • Viral hepatitis: Hepatitis A, B, C, D or E hepatitis viruses (all reportable)
  • Virus accompanying hepatitis: Liver inflammation as a "by-product" of another viral disease (herpes, glandular fever)
  • Autoimmune hepatitis: Liver inflammation due to dysfunction of the immune system

Very rarely, hepatitis is caused by parasites, fungi or bacteria.

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