The Liver (2)
In the following chapter I am going to describe the most common liver diseases.
What is Hepatitis?
It is an inflammation of the liver. The least harmful hepatitis is the self-limited form, but patients may also suffer from a form that could progress to fibrosis, cirrhosis or liver cancer. The most common pathogens that cause hepatitis are five viruses called Hep A, B, C, D and E.
People are infected with the B, C or D viruses as a result of parenteral contact with infected body fluids, contaminated blood in blood products or invasive medical procedures. Hepatitis B can also be transmitted from mother to newborn at birth, from family members to the child, and through sexual contacts. Hepatitis B and C may lead to chronic hepatitis and those two types are the most common causes of liver…