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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.

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