All About Hepatitis

The Different Types of Hepatitis

Hepatitis, from the Greek “hepar” for liver, stands for an inflammation of the liver. Some patients show a yellowish colour of the whites of their eyes or the skin (jaundice). Hepatitis is always the result of damaged liver cells. The causes are numerous: a bruised liver, medicines or drugs, metabolic and autoimmune diseases or pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and parasites.

Whatever the cause, the disease remains the same. What varies are the seriousness and duration of the condition. The most common causes for hepatitis not triggered by pathogens such as viruses are: alcohol misuse, disturbances of lipid metabolism and side effects of medicines.

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