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Causes of Hepatitis

By

Sonal Kumar

, MD, MPH, Weill Cornell Medical College

Medically Reviewed Aug 2022 | Modified Sep 2022
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Hepatitis is 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 .

Table

General reference

  • 1. Wang Y, Liu S, Zhao J: SARS-CoV-2 infection of the liver directly contributes to hepatic impairment in patients with COVID-19. J Hepatol 73(4):807-816, 2020.

Drugs Mentioned In This Article

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Nydrazid
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