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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

REFERENCES: Hepatitis A Vaccination. Prevention of Hepatitis A Through Active or Passive Immunization

Klevens RM, Kruszon-Moran D, Wasley A, et al, Seroprevalence of hepatitis A virus antibodies in the U.S.: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Public Health Rep., 126(4):522-32, 2011. Hepatitis A. Seroprevelence.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/17/2015

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