Symptoms of Viral Hepatitis
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- ]]>Hepatitis A]]> —This infection may or may not cause symptoms. Adults are more likely to have symptoms than children. Incubation is from 15-45 days. Hepatitis A does not progress to chronic liver disease.
- ]]>Hepatitis B]]> —With this form of hepatitis, symptoms usually appear within 25-180 days following exposure to the virus. Hepatitis B may progress to carrier state or chronic liver disease.
- ]]>Hepatitis C]]> —About 80% of people with hepatitis C have no symptoms. Over time, however, the disease can cause serious liver damage. Hepatitis C may progress to chronic hepatitis. Incubation is from 15-60 days.
Symptoms common to all types of viral hepatitis include:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ .
Hepatitis Information Network website. Available at: http://www.hepnet.com/ .
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/ .
Last reviewed January 2010 by ]]>David L. Horn, MD, FACP]]>
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