Hepatitis D Information
Viral hepatitis, a type of liver infection, comes in many forms, including hepatitis D. In order for a person to develop hepatitis D, he or she must already have an active infection with the hepatitis B virus. Symptoms of hepatitis D can include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), diarrhea, and dark urine, among others. However, many people will not have any symptoms.
A few of the tests used in diagnosing hepatitis D include a physical exam, tests to look for high levels of liver enzymes, and tests that look for antibodies the body has made against the hepatitis D virus. Treatment options can include supportive care or, in severe cases, liver transplantation. At this time, there are no specific medicines that can cure acute hepatitis D.
(For more information on how this condition is treated, diagnosed, and transmitted, click Hepatitis D.)