Hepatitis is the term used to describe inflammationof the liver. It's usuallythe result ofa viral infection or liver damage caused by drinking alcohol.

There are several different types of hepatitis, most of which are outlined below.

Some types will pass without any serious problems, while others can be long-lasting (chronic) and cause scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) ,loss of liver function and, in some cases, liver cancer .

This page covers:

Symptoms of hepatitis

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis D

Hepatitis E

Alcoholic hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 29 Nov 2016