Hepatitis A

Symptoms and diagnosis

Some people don’t have any symptoms, others experience tiredness, fever, dark urine or yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Hepatitis A is an acute infection, which usually goes away of its own accord without any ongoing problems, and does not become a chronic infection. There is no treatment for hepatitis A. In some rare cases, in which the liver is already damaged, hepatitis A infection can be very severe and can lead to liver failure.

If hepatitis A is suspected, a blood test will look for two antibodies: HAV-IgG and HAV-IgM.

Glossary

acute infection

In hepatitis, the first six months of infection. See also ‘chronic infection’.

chronic infection

When somebody has had an infection for at least six months. See also ‘acute infection’.

This information is provided by Deutsche Leberhilfe e.V.