Hepatitis D Symptoms
Late Chronic Hepatitis D SymptomsAs the liver continues to be damaged and scarred, it may stop performing one or more of its normal functions. For example, it may stop cleaning harmful wastes, toxins, and drugs from the blood. It may also stop making enough of the proteins your body needs to function properly. This is called liver failure.
It is possible that before liver failure develops, a person with hepatitis D may not even know that his or her liver is being damaged. He or she may not have any hepatitis D symptoms or notice any physical changes to his or her body.
However, when the liver becomes badly damaged with cirrhosis and liver failure occurs, several late hepatitis D symptoms can begin to appear, including:
- Fluid build-up in the stomach area and legs
- Bleeding in the intestines
- Slowing of mental function
- Bruising or bleeding that occurs very easily
- Itchy skin
- Personality changes
- Coma or death.
When liver failure occurs in a person with hepatitis D, he or she may also develop:
- Bleeding in the stomach and esophagus (known as varices)
- Insulin resistance
- High blood pressure within the liver (portal hypertension)
- Sensitivity to medication
Serious liver disease is more likely to develop quickly in people who have chronic hepatitis B prior to being infected with hepatitis D than it is in people who do not have hepatitis B prior to infection with hepatitis D. Between 2 percent and 20 percent of people with hepatitis D die because of their disease.