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Hepatitis A is viral infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. Unlike the other common forms of hepatitis (hepatitis B and C) it does not cause chronic liver disease.
Signs and symptoms
- Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Anorexia (loss of the desire to eat)
Treatment and prognosis
There is no medication effective against Hepatitis A. In most cases, the infection resolves on its own. Unfortunately, a small number of patients develop Fulminant hepatic failure, which is very serious.
A vaccine is available to prevent hepatitis A, and anti-hepatitis A immunoglobulin is also used.