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Symptoms of Hepatitis B

Symptoms of Hepatitis B: Introduction

In many cases there are no symptoms in the early stages of hepatitis B infection. Many children and some adults do not develop any symptoms until complications, such as cirrhosis develop.

Symptoms of hepatitis B can include flu-like symptoms, fever, headache, nausea, muscle aches and weakness. Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, also may occur. Other symptoms may include abdominal pain and dark colored urine.

Most adults recover from hepatitis B, gradually improving over a period of weeks to months. In some people, especially infants and children, and certain adults, hepatitis B can progress into chronic hepatitis and result in serious complications, such as cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, and liver failure.

Symptoms of liver failure include easy bruising, and a build-up of extra fluid in the legs (edema) or abdomen (ascites). Blood pressure can rise in the abdomen, resulting in portal hypertension, which causes the veins of the esophagus to swell. These bulging veins are called esophageal varices, and they can burst, leading to life-threatening hemorrhage.

In addition, the diseased liver may be unable to filter toxins, which can affect the brain. This is called encephalopathy, and it can result in symptoms, such as confusion, personality changes, or poor cognitive functioning....more about Hepatitis B »

Symptoms of Hepatitis B

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Hepatitis B includes the 14 symptoms listed below:

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Hepatitis B?

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Hepatitis B as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Hepatitis B, it is also important to consider Hepatitis B as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Hepatitis B may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Hepatitis B. This signs and symptoms information for Hepatitis B has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Hepatitis B signs or Hepatitis B symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Hepatitis B may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Hepatitis B symptoms.

 

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