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hepatitis virus A infection

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Description

Acute viral hepatitis A is a type of viral hepatitis caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is an acute, contagious liver disease that is spread through contact with an infected person's feces, contaminated food or water, or through close contact with an infected person. Symptoms of acute viral hepatitis A include jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, and loss of appetite. Treatment typically involves rest, fluids, and supportive care. Vaccination is the best way to prevent hepatitis A.

Synonyms
  • acute hepatitis A
  • acute viral hepatitis A
  • epidemic hepatitis
  • epidemic jaundice
  • hepatitis A
  • infectious hepatitis
Symptoms (patient's findings)
  • anorexia
  • dark urine color
  • fever
  • malaise
Signs (examiner's findings)
  • generalized enlarged lymph nodes
  • jaundice
  • splenomegaly
Basic Lab Tests (measurements)

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