Hepatitis A

  • Alternative Names

    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.

    Symptoms include:

    • Dark urine
    • Fatigue
    • Itching
    • Loss of appetite
    • Low-grade fever
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Pale or clay-colored stools
    • 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 antibodies to hepatitis A (IgM is usually positive before IgG)
    • Elevated liver enzymes (liver function tests), especially transaminase enzyme levels