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Overview of Hepatitis

By

Sonal Kumar

, MD, MPH, Weill Cornell Medical College

Last full review/revision Jan 2021| Content last modified Jan 2021
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Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver.

Hepatitis is common throughout the world.

Hepatitis can be

  • Acute (short-lived)

  • Chronic (lasting at least 6 months)

Did You Know...

  • Vaccines can prevent some types of viral hepatitis or decrease its severity.

  • A few simple, common-sense precautions can also help prevent hepatitis.

Causes of Hepatitis

Hepatitis commonly results from

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