Viral hepatitis is liver inflammation and associated damage caused most
often by one of five viruses (hepatitis A, B, C, D, or E). The most
common causes are hepatitis A, B, and C viruses. All three of these
viruses cause acute hepatitis. Hepatitis B and C viruses also cause
Chronic viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer, a major
cause of cirrhosis
(scarring and hardening of the liver), and the most common reason for
liver transplantation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
estimates that 4.4 million Americans have chronic hepatitis, but most do
not know they are infected.
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