Part of the Management of Common Diseases in Family Practice book series (MCDF)
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Hepatitis is an acute viral infection which is remarkably ‘organ’ specific. Although most patients who have been diagnosed in the past will tell you that they have had ‘yellow jaundice’, most people affected by the commonest virus do not become jaundiced. Estimates vary between 1:10 and 1:30 with the majority of adults joining the ubiquitous ‘flu-like’ illnesses and most children going ‘off their food’ for a few days, or more, rarely a few weeks. There are three main categories:
The third category is the rarest and is only diagnosed by excluding (1) and (2) on serological tests. It is probably at least two viruses (almost certainly more than two), one of which is transmitted like hepatitis A (faecal—oral) and one transmitted like hepatitis B (parenterally).
Hepatitis A (formerly infectious hepatitis)
Hepatitis B (formerly serum or Australian antigen hepatitis)
Hepatitis Non-A, Non-B
KeywordsObstructive Jaundice Yellow Fever Fulminant Hepatic Failure Amoebic Liver Abscess Drug Induce Hepatitis
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© D. Brooks and E.M. Dunbar 1986