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Hepatitis A, B, C

Comparison of Hepatitis A, B, C

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Cause of Hep A Virus transmitted by fecal-oral contact; often seen contaminated water or shellfish
Cause of Hep B Virus transmitted through infected blood or unprotected sex with infected persons; infants born to infected mother; responsible for 80% of primary hepatocellular cancer cases
Cause of Hep C Transmitted via blood transfusions (5-10%), IV drug abuse (40%), health care worker exposure (5%), promiscuous homozexual activity (10%), other sources not available
Manifestations of Hep A Fever, fatigue, malaise, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, right upper quadrant pain, dark urine, acholic stools, jaundice, pruritus, hepatomegaly
Manifestations of Hep B Some will develop manifestations similar to type A; chronic carrier state 5-10% may result in cirrhosis
Manifestations of Hep C Same as Type B, but 80% develop chronic infection; higher cirrhosis and cancer rate
Created by: shafer0409