hepatitis

Hepatitis : There are 5 main viral types and each has different causes. The type is determined by a lab test.


Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is usually caused by eating food or drinking water that is soiled and has the virus in it. It’s the least risky type because it doesn’t lead to long-term inflammation of your liver.

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Hep B

Is an STD and blood born. You can get it from sex with someone who’s sick or by sharing a needle when using drugs or receiving an infected transfusion. The virus can also pass from a mother to her newborn child. Most adults with Hep B get better but some become carriers. This means they can spread it to other even if their own symptoms have disappeared.

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Hep C

Passes on by blood-to-blood contact. Most Hep C infections in Australia result from sharing needles when injecting drugs. Other causes include a needlestick injury, getting a tattoo with equipment that is not sterile, blood transfusion in the past, .
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Hep D

Is a liver disease caused by the Hep D virus which need the B virus to exist. It is found in blood. Hep D is uncommon yet it is the most severe form.

Hep E

Is transmitted via the faecal-oral route and can be spread by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Hep E typically occurs in regions with poor sanitation and sewage management. Therefore it is common in Central and South East Asia, North and West Africa and Mexico.

Diagnosis of viral hepatitis is based on symptoms and physical findings as well as blood tests for liver enzymes, viral antibodies and viral genetic materials.

Autoimmune hepatitis

Autoimmune disease means your immune system attacks your own body. Hepatitis refers to the inflammation of the liver. In summary, autoimmune hepatitis occurs when the body’s immune system attacks liver cells causing the liver to be inflamed.

Toxic hepatitis

Is an inflammation of the liver caused by chemicals. These chemicals can be drugs, alcohol, industrial solvents and pollutants. The symptoms often go away when you’re no longer exposed to the chemicals. But it can permanently damage your liver, leading to cirrhosis.


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McCourt Street Medical Centre
1st Floor, Suite 10, 2 McCourt Street
West Leederville WA 6007

We also operate from
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Murdoch WA 6150
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Resources

There are many online resources. We have collected some useful links for you.

Hepatitis on Wikipedia
Hepatitis: the basics on YouTube

Hepatitis WA