Hepatitis D Symptoms
How Long Do Acute Hepatitis D Symptoms Last?For most people, acute hepatitis D symptoms gradually get better within a couple of months. These people will have no long-lasting liver damage and will recover completely. Yet, for some people, the body is not able to completely get rid of the virus. These people end up having a long-term liver infection known as chronic hepatitis D. Chronic hepatitis D is more common in people who already have chronic hepatitis B.
Chronic Hepatitis D SymptomsThe hepatitis D virus (or HDV) can affect a person with chronic hepatitis D much differently than it would affect someone else. For example, some people have very bad hepatitis D symptoms and cirrhosis after many years of having the disease, while others have very few scars.
For some people with chronic hepatitis D, the scarring within the liver can get bad and can interfere with the flow of blood through the liver. In some cases, it can even prevent blood from flowing freely through the liver. This makes it harder for the liver to do its job. As the hepatitis continues, more scars are formed and can begin to join together. When many of these scars form together, it is called cirrhosis.
Cirrhosis means that large areas of the liver have become very badly scarred -- usually permanently. This causes the liver to shrink and harden.
There are a number of cirrhosis symptoms that can occur as a result of chronic hepatitis D. Some of these symptoms include:
- A loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain (or stomach pain)
- Spider-like blood vessels (spider angiomas) that develop on the skin.