About Viral Hepatitis
Viral hepatitis is a type of liver inflammation that results from infection with a hepatitis virus. There are several types of viral hepatitis, including:
All types cause acute (short-term) hepatitis. The B, C, and D viruses can also cause chronic (long-term) hepatitis.
Common symptoms of viral hepatitis include:
- Stomach pain
Although some forms of the disease go away on their own, others require medical treatment. To determine which type of viral hepatitis a person has, healthcare providers often perform a medical evaluation that includes blood tests.
(Click Viral Hepatitis to learn more about this type of liver inflammation, including details on how the viruses are transmitted and how to reduce your risk.)