Hepatitis A Topic Guide
Hepatitis A (HAV, Hep A): Hepatitis A virus (HAV, Hep A) refers to liver inflammation caused by infection with the hepatitis A virus. Causes of HAV is generally from person to person via contaminated water, blood, stool, or direct contact. Symptoms of hepatitis A virus include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, rash, fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain, and pale or gray-colored stools. Treatment for hepatitis A virus is focused on relieving symptoms. There is a vaccine to prevent hepatitis A virus.
Cirrhosis Cirrhosis is a scarring of the liver over a long period, causing the liver to lose its function, which is primarily to filter toxins, aid digestion. Cirrhosis can be caused by a number of factors, often a hepatitis infection or chronic alcohol abuse. Some medications are prescribed to releive symptoms. Liver transplantation is the only curative treatment for advanced cirrhosis.
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