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Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. The different types of hepatitis include hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. The disease can be short-term or long-term. The hepatitis B, C, and D viruses can cause chronic (long-term) hepatitis. Symptoms include jaundice, fatigue, stomach pain, and nausea. Some forms of hepatitis go away on their own, while others require medical treatment.

What Is Viral Hepatitis?

Hepatitis simply means inflammation of the liver. Viral hepatitis is liver inflammation caused by a virus.
There are several types of viral hepatitis, including:
Hepatitis G is another type of viral hepatitis, although it does not seem to cause either acute or chronic hepatitis.
(Click Types of Viral Hepatitis for more information.)

Acute Versus Chronic Hepatitis

Acute hepatitis is a short-term viral infection. Chronic hepatitis is a longer-lasting (at least six months) viral infection that often becomes a lifelong condition. To find out if you have acute or chronic viral hepatitis, your healthcare provider will likely perform a medical evaluation that includes blood tests.
All types of viral hepatitis cause acute (short-term) hepatitis. The hepatitis B, C, and D viruses can also cause chronic hepatitis.
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