Your liver helps you digest food, store energy, and get rid of waste from your body. Hepatitis refers to inflammation of your liver that may affect these normal functions. The experienced team at Colorado Gastroenterology, with offices in Denver and Aurora, specialize in hepatitis and can provide the care you need to improve liver health and function. For an evaluation, call the office today.
Hepatitis is a medical term that indicates inflammation of your liver. The experienced team at Colorado Gastroenterology specializes in the diagnosis and management of hepatitis and can create a treatment plan to help improve your inflammation.
Inflammation of your liver may develop from a number of causes, including drugs, alcohol, or certain medical conditions. However, a virus most often causes hepatitis. The type of virus that causes your hepatitis may determine your symptoms and the severity of your condition.
Types of viral hepatitis include:
A hepatitis A infection usually occurs when you ingest contaminated food or water. This type of hepatitis resolves on its own and doesn’t lead to long-term health consequences.
Hepatitis B is a more dangerous viral hepatitis infection that may lead to permanent liver damage and even death. Hepatitis B is transmitted through infected blood or bodily fluid.
Infection with hepatitis C may be acute or chronic. In chronic cases, the infection may lead to permanent liver damage. Hepatitis C may be transmitted through contaminated blood or sexual contact.
You may be able to protect yourself from a hepatitis A or B infection with a vaccine.
Your hepatitis symptoms may vary in both type and severity. Some people don’t experience any symptoms at all.
Common symptoms include:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact the team at Colorado Gastroenterology for an evaluation.
Your specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology conducts a comprehensive examination to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms.
During your evaluation, your specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history, conducts a physical exam, and runs blood tests to determine the type of viral infection causing your symptoms. They may also recommend diagnostic imaging, such as an ultrasound or CT scan.
Treatment for your hepatitis may depend on the cause of your liver inflammation. For hepatitis A, your infection should resolve on its own with time, and your specialist may provide treatments to manage your symptoms.
For a hepatitis B infection, you will need ongoing medical care that includes antiviral medication along with interferon to help your body fight the infection. You may ultimately need a liver transplant.
With hepatitis C, your specialist may prescribe an antiviral medication that can clear the virus from your body.
No matter the cause, hepatitis can be managed, and in some cases, even cured. For expert care, call Colorado Gastroenterology today.