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Causes of Hepatitis

By

Sonal Kumar

, MD, MPH, Weill Cornell Medical College

Last full review/revision Dec 2020| Content last modified Dec 2020
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Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver characterized by diffuse or patchy necrosis.

Common Causes of Hepatitis

Less Common Causes of Hepatitis

Various systemic infections and other illnesses may produce small focal areas of hepatic inflammation or necrosis. This nonspecific reactive hepatitis can cause minor liver function abnormalities but is usually asymptomatic.

Some types of infectious and noninfectious liver inflammation are summarized in table Selected Infections With Liver Involvement Selected Infections With Liver Involvement Selected Infections With Liver Involvement .

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