Viral hepatitis; Infectious hepatitis
Symptoms will usually show up 2 - 6 weeks after being exposed to the hepatitis A virus. They are usually mild, but may last for up to several months, especially in adults.
Dark urine Fatigue Itching Loss of appetite
fever Nausea and vomiting
- Pale or
- Yellow skin (jaundice)
Signs and tests
The doctor will perform a physical examination and may discover that you have an enlarged and tender liver.
Blood tests may show:
- Raised IgM and IgG
antibodiesto hepatitis A (IgM is usually positive before IgG)
- Elevated liver enzymes (
liver function tests), especially transaminase enzyme levels
Review Date: 11/23/2010
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.