Hepatitis is swelling and inflammation of the liver caused by viral infection with hepatitis A, B or C; bacteria or parasites; autoimmune disorders; or from drug overdose or alcohol abuse. Cancer and cancer treatment related causes of hepatitis include liver damage secondary to metastatic disease, chemotherapeutic drug metabolism in the liver, and adverse reactions to specific drugs (acetaminophen, NSAIDs, glucocorticoids) or herbal and alternative remedies (Ackee fruit, Bajiaolian, Camphor, Copaltra, Cycasin, Kava, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, Horse Chestnut Leaf, Valerian, and Comfrey). The severity of hepatitis depends on many factors, including the cause of the liver damage and the presence of comorbid conditions. Hepatitis A is usually short-term and does not lead to chronic liver problems. Many patients with hepatitis B and C are initially asymptomatic, but may develop liver failure later. Learn more in the slideshow below.
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