Hepatitis

Liver Disease

Viral Hepatitis

Liver inflammation caused by viral infection

 

NAFLD and chronic liver inflammation can also result from viral infection that is spread through blood-to-blood contact and sexual intercourse. 
Namely, the Hepatitis A, B and C viruses attack the liver of their host and cause chronic inflammatory response in the liver resulting in fat accumulation and additional inflammation.  This process can result in Fibrosis, leading to Cirrhosis, liver failure and malignancy.

Types of Hepatitis

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV).

HAV has a short resolution time and is not associated with serious complications. In the United States, 100 deaths per year are attributable to HAV, primarily in individuals over 60 years of age.
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C
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The progression of liver disease

Understanding the progression of liver disease may help you make better health choices.

NAFLD | NASH

NAFLD | NASH

NAFLD is the most prevalent liver disease in developed countries. It is characterized by fat build up in the liver, typically does not cause noticeable symptoms, and marks the beginning of liver disease. Prolonged fat accumulation leads to chronic inflammation and the development of NASH.

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Fibrosis

Fibrosis

When NASH and chronic inflammation go untreated it will start to cause the liver to scar. These scar tissues will replace the healthy liver tissue and reduce liver function. May see symptoms such as abdominal pain and swelling.

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Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis

High accumulation of scar tissue leads to Cirrhosis of the liver which noticeably reduces liver function, and if left untreated, can lead to liver failure. Key symptoms include jaundice, gastrointestinal bleeding and significant abdominal swelling.

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Liver Cancer

Liver Cancer

Chronic inflammation and Cirrhosis (scarring) can lead to malignancy within the liver, or liver cancer. The most common type of primary liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma, which displays similar symptoms to cirrhosis and can also lead to liver failure.

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