Dr. M. Murugesh is a Consultant Medical Gastroentrologist & Hepatologist of the Department of Gastroentrology at Sri Ramakrishna Hospital. He has over 15 years of experience and is a specialist in ERCP – Advanced Biliary & Pancreatic Endotherapy.
Hepatitis is liver inflammation. Inflammation is the swelling that tends to occur when body tissues are harmed or deceased. It has the capacity to harm your liver. Your liver's ability to function is harmed due to the swelling and damage.
Hepatitis is segregated as either an acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) infection. Some kinds of acute infections cause hepatitis. However, acute and chronic infections can be caused by other types.
A virus in the blood causes hepatitis. Hepatitis B & C is contracted through being exposed to the infected persons, contaminated persons, and just like HIV. Hepatitis B and C induce liver inflammation. Hepatitis B can be prevented with a vaccination, while hepatitis C does not have one.
Hepatitis B usually develops slowly over several decades in most patients, and as a result, most patients have no symptoms. However, people with advanced liver disease, such as cirrhosis, may develop complications and symptoms that indicate liver failure. Other signs and symptoms include:
The majority of people with chronic hepatitis C show no symptoms. However, some people may experience vague symptoms such as weariness and abdominal discomfort on the right side.
It is essential to get medical assistance at the beginning stages to avoid further liver complications.
The diagnosis for Hepatitis B is primarily performed to check in case of any signs of damage to the liver. Here are a few diagnostic tests performed for hepatitis B,
Blood tests can detect hepatitis B viral symptoms in your body and tell your doctor whether you have acute or chronic hepatitis B. A simple blood test can also tell you whether or not you're immune to the disease.
A special ultrasound scan referred to as transient elastography shows the level of liver damage.
This test determines whether or not an individual has ever been infected with the hepatitis C virus. This test, also known as an anti-HCV test, looks for antibodies, which are proteins released into the bloodstream after someone contracts the hepatitis C virus disease; a little sample of your liver may be taken for testing by your doctor (liver biopsy). During this treatment, a tiny needle is introduced through your skin and into your liver, and a tissue sample is removed for laboratory analysis.
This test determines whether or not an individual has ever been infected with the hepatitis C virus. Antibodies, which are proteins released into the bloodstream after someone catches the hepatitis C virus, are looked for in this test, also known as an anti-HCV test. Best treatment for hepatitis C depends on the results of the diagnostic test.
The viral load test, also referred to as the hepatitis virus DNA quantification, is a blood test that assesses the level of hepatitis virus DNA (viral load) in patients with chronic infection. The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method is used to test the blood.
The genotype of HCV is primarily established for diagnosis by sequencing the genomic nucleotide sequence or by kit-based assays that use complementary probes to report the genotype present in a specimen.
Hepatitis infection once diagnosed, the specialist may recommend the viral hepatitis treatment accordingly. The Hepatitis infection is divided into acute and chronic.
Acute infection is generally short-lived, and intense treatment is not required. People with acute infection are generally advised to take proper rest and nutrition to help the body fight infection. Hepatitis B treatment depends on the severity of the condition. Some patients may undergo antiviral therapy.
If the infection does not seem to settle, the specialist recommends antiviral injections. Antiviral medications can aid in the battle against the virus and reduce the infection's capacity to harm your liver. These medications are given orally. Consult your specialist to determine which medication is best for you.
A liver transplant may be an option if your liver has been seriously damaged. The surgeon removes your diseased liver and replaces it with a healthy liver during a liver transplant. Most liver transplants come from deceased donors, although a small proportion come from living donors who give a piece of their liver.
Direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs are used to treat hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is treated with DAA pills, the safest and most effective medications available. In more than 90% of cases, they are highly efficient at eradicating the infection.
The hepatitis C virus causes a liver infection called hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is transmitted through blood contact with an infected individual. The vast majority of people today develop hepatitis C by sharing needles or other injecting equipment.
The hepatitis B virus causes hepatitis B, a liver infection. Some people with hepatitis B get sick for a few weeks (known as "acute" infection). Still, for others, the disease advances to chronic hepatitis B, which is a dangerous, lifelong illness.
Even if their signs and symptoms are severe, most adults with hepatitis B recover completely. Chronic (long-term) hepatitis B infection is evident common in infants and children. Hepatitis B can be prevented with a vaccine, early vaccination can help in preventing the infection.
Saturated fats should be avoided, such as fatty cuts of meat and foods fried in oil. Avoid eating raw or undercooked shellfish (e.g., clams, mussels, oysters, scallops) because they may be contaminated with Vibrio vulnificus, a very toxic bacteria to the liver and can cause significant damage.
The cost of hepatitis treatment depends upon the stages of liver complications. Always consult with a liver specialist to get the most accurate and personalized information for your situation.
I have had a very smooth experience at Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, my fever did not seem to reduce, I was tired quickly, and that is when I started to notice changes in my skin. It turned yellow. I then visited Sri Ramakrishna Hospital as I stay nearby. My doctor did a few tests and informed me that it was jaundice. My levels were quite worrisome. My doctor immediately started hepatitis treatment. I was prescribed medications and also injections. Within a week my jaundice levels reduced and I even took a hepatitis vaccine to avoid reinfection. Thank you, Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, for your immediate treatment and care.
I was down with fever for a couple of days, feeling drained. I reached out to Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, and the staff was very welcoming. My doctor suggested I undergo a few tests. My specialist, after examination, informed me that it was a hepatitis infection. As it was only in the initial stage, I was prescribed medications and injections. Thankfully I recovered soon; I am highly grateful to Sri Ramakrishna Hospital for the treatment.
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