Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, the most common disease of the liver. Inflammation disrupts your liver’s ability to filter harmful substances from your body as well as make the proteins and substances that help the body to function properly.
If the liver can not function appropriately, waste products can build up in your bloodstream. If the inflammation continues unchecked, your liver may be permanently damaged from scaring and fibrosis, a condition called cirrhosis. There are several forms of Hepatitis each having a different prognosis and treatment. It is important to determine the cause of the inflammation so it can be treated correctly.
For more information on Hepatitis visit the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
*Information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the Colon Cancer Alliance and