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Diseases > Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a swelling of the liver that makes it unable to work perfectly. Hepatitis can lead to scarring, called cirrhosis, or to cancer. Most cases of hepatitis is caused by viruses.

The type of hepatitis is named for the virus that causes it. Hepatitis is normally caused by one of three viruses:

  • hepatitis A virus
  • hepatitis B virus
  • hepatitis C virus

The Epstein Barr Virus (which causes mononucleosis) may also result in hepatitis because it can cause inflammation of the liver. Other viruses that can cause hepatitis include varicella (chickenpox), cytomegalovirus(CMV), hepatitis D and hepatitis E. All of these viral hepatitis conditions can be diagnosed by blood tests that are readily available.

Drug or alcohol use may also lead to hepatitis. In other cases, the body mistakenly attacks its own tissues. We can help prevent some viral forms by receiving a vaccine. In some cases, hepatitis may go away by itself. If it does not, it should be treated with drugs. Sometimes hepatitis lasts a lifetime.

Following are the general symptoms of hepatitis:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dark-colored urine and pale bowel movements
  • Stomach pain
  • Jaundice, yellowing of skin and eyes

Hepatutus may also be caused by Prescription drugs. Usage of some glucose-lowering drugs (thiazolidinediones or TZDs) such as Actos and Avandia have been found causing Hepatitis.

Free Initial Consultation - If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with hepatitis after using Actos, Avandia or any other prescription medications, please fill out the form at the right or contact us today at 1-800-780-2686.

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