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Diagnosing Viral Hepatitis

To find out if you have acute or chronic viral hepatitis, your healthcare provider will perform a medical evaluation. This medical evaluation will include asking you a number of questions, performing a physical exam, and doing a number of tests.
The specific tests your healthcare provider orders, including blood tests, will depend on the type of viral hepatitis that he or she thinks you have.
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There are no specific medicines that can cure acute viral hepatitis. Therefore, treatment is focused on dealing with any symptoms or complications that may occur. This is known as supportive care. Even without specialized treatment for acute viral hepatitis, most people recover completely within a few months.
For certain types of viral hepatitis, a person may not be able to completely get rid of the virus, and they will develop chronic viral hepatitis. The specific treatment options for chronic hepatitis will depend on the type. For some types, medicines are available. Other types may require a liver transplant.
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