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Chronic persistent hepatitis

  • Definition

    Chronic persistent hepatitis is mild liver inflammation (swelling and irritation) that may be caused by various viruses and conditions.

    Alternative Names

    Persistent hepatitis; Hepatitis - persistent; Chronic lobular hepatitis; Mild chronic hepatitis

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Chronic persistent hepatitis can be caused by hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), hepatitis D (HDV), autoimmune diseases such as lupus, various medications, and unknown (cryptogenic) causes. Most people have no symptoms.

    Risk factors include previous viral hepatitis, having lupus or other autoimmune disease, and taking certain medications.