Viral hepatitis

The two most common chronic hepatitis infections are hepatitis B and C. Hepatitis B infects up to 180,000 people in the UK, worldwide nearly 1 in 3 people have had hepatitis B. Hepatitis C infects upto 500,000 people in the UK. The majority of these patients have yet to be diagnosed.


  • Fatigue
  • Right-sided abdominal pain
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin)

Most patients with viral hepatitis have no symptoms. Many patients are first diagnosed when they have liver blood tests performed for other reasons, such as part of health check-ups.

Hepatitis can be investigated by a combination of blood tests, scans and sometimes liver tissue sampling. When indicated, it can be treated with medication.

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