Hepatitis A (cont.)
Hepatitis A Prognosis
Hepatitis A symptoms are usually mild and resolve on their own; most patients fully recover in 3 to 6 months.
- Rarely will patients develop complications such as relapsing hepatitis or liver failure.
- With relapsing hepatitis, symptoms improve, but then return
- Death from hepatitis A is rare.
- The elderly, the very young, and people with advanced chronic liver diseases such as from hepatitis C are at greatest risk for complications such as liver failure or fulminant hepatitis (rapid developing and life-threatening liver failure) from hepatitis A.
Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
CDC.gov. Hepatitis A Vaccination.
CDC.gov. Prevention of Hepatitis A Through Active or Passive Immunization
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MedscapeReference.com. Hepatitis A.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/15/2014
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