What are the Complications of Hepatitis A?

Complication of Hepatitis A can lead to:

  • Fulminant hepatic failure in less than 1% and mortality in young adults is 0.1% that increases with age.
  • Extra hepatic Complications:

Acute renal failure, interstitial nephritis, pancreatitis, red blood cell aplasia, agranulocytosis, transient heart block, bone marrow aplasia, Guillain-Barre syndrome, acute arthritis, Still disease, lupus like syndrome and Sjogreen syndrome have been reported in association with HAV infection. Autoimmune hepatitis following HAV infection may occur. These complications are all rare.

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Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

No. There are no specific medicines to cure infection with Hepatitis A.

How is treated?

It can be treated by avoiding sexual contact and maintaining good hygienic conditions, using proper diet and visiting health care providers on time.

Recovery Time

Recovery from symptoms following infection may take several weeks and can even extend up to several months.

Can I have sex?

No. Sexual activity should be avoided until treatment is successful.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. Re-infection is possible from sexual activity with an infected person.