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What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis is the medical term used to describe inflammation of the liver. Depending on the cause and investigation results, it can be mild or may lead to more serious condition.

What are the causes of hepatitis?

There are many possible causes of hepatitis. Examples include viral hepatitis (such as Hepatitis B), alcohol induced, antibody related (such as autoimmune hepatitis) and many others.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis and how do you diagnose it?

Symptoms are generally non-specific such as fever, tiredness, poor appetite etc. Some patients may be completely asymptomatic. Liver function test (blood test) will show evidence of liver inflammation (raised liver enzymes).

What should I do if I have hepatitis?

Hepatitis is most commonly encountered during routine blood investigations at primary care setting (GPs, family physicians). A thorough history and physical examination will be performed to guide the doctor on further evaluation. Patients are usually referred to see a specialist if hepatitis is severe, the cause of hepatitis is uncertain and there are signs such as fever or jaundice that may indicate a more serious form of hepatitis.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, our clinic services are being streamlined to enable us to provide our usual services with effective social distancing measures. In addition to normal clinic consultation, we also offer telemedicine service for patients. Please contact or e-mail us at +65-62356136, +65-6288360 or enquiry@aliveomedical.com for further information.