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Hepatitis is a disease characterized by inflammation of the liver



Living with Liver Disease

Hepatitis is a disease characterized by inflammation of the liver. Inflammation of the liver can cause swelling, tenderness and scarring. Viral hepatitis refers to several common diseases caused by viruses. The most common tyes of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Hepatitis B and C can lead to serious, permanent liver damage. There are other forms of hepatitis that are less common and may not be caused by viruses, such as autoimmune hepatitis or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.


Spring Newsletter 2022

 

Hepatitis B

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Hepatitis B Virus…read more

 

Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) can cause a serious form of hepatitis and develop into a chronic disease (lasting more than six months). An estimated 1.2 million Americans are chronically infected with HBV. If left undiagnosed and untreated, HBV infection can develop into cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver cancer. There is a vaccine for hepatitis B, so it is important to ask your provider and know your status.

 

Hepatitis C

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Hepatitis C Virus…read more

 

Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) develops into a chronic infection in up to 85% of the 150,000 newly infected persons each year. An estimated 3.5 million Americans are chronically infected with HCV. Like hepatitis B, if left untreated, HCV can develop into cirrhosis, liver cancer, or even liver failure. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. It is important to ask your provider and know your status. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that if you were born between 1945 and 1965 that you should be tested for hepatitis C.

 

Other Liver Disease

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There are other causes of inflammation of the liver that are not viral. This can include fatty liver disease, alcoholic liver disease, autoimmune hepatitis and primary biliary cirrhosis. It is important to take care of your liver and to discuss with your provider.

 

 

Adult Clinic
Internal Med Clinic
HCB. 3rd Floor
Phone: (907) 729-1500

Pediatric Clinic
Primary Care Clinic
First Floor
Phone: (907) 729-1000

 

Hepatitis Program
Phone: (907) 729-1560
1-800-655-4837