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What is the difference between Hepatitis and Cirrhosis?

Asked by Isa , Last updated: Jul 16, 2020

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G. Tanaka, Dentist, MDS, Liverpool

Answered Jul 09, 2020

Some people may think that cirrhosis and hepatitis are the same, mainly because they both affect the liver, but they have some differences that you should know. When you say hepatitis, this can be reversible or irreversible, depending on the damage that has been done to your system.

When you say cirrhosis, this is not reversible anymore. This means that the liver has already been scarred permanently. Usually, cirrhosis will occur because of chronic hepatitis that people have had for a long time. Some people develop hepatitis because of too much drinking of alcohol.

There are also some who develop it because of the food that they eat or a medical condition. There are available treatments in order to improve the condition of the liver, but there is no guarantee that these conditions will be cured.

 

M. Klose

M. Klose, Content Writer, Oakland

Answered Jul 08, 2020

Hepatitis and cirrhosis are diseases that affect the liver. Cirrhosis is the diffuse scarring of the liver, while Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by different factors such as hepatitis B.

Cirrhosis is irreversible because it includes scarring, while hepatitis can be reversible depending on the stage of the disease. The liver function test is used to detect early stages of cirrhosis, while liver enzymes such as AST and ALT are used for acute hepatitis.

Hepatitis in some conditions can lead to cirrhosis, for example, hemochromatosis, alpha-1- antitrypsin deficiency, and so on. A patient infected with hepatitis can go back to his or her normal life after receiving proper care, medication, and clear of the disease, while cirrhosis cannot return to the normal state after treatment.

There are different causes of hepatitis; this includes hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, and another infection call Mononucleosis and cytomegalovirus.

 

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