- September 12, 2023
- Post by Julie Bick, Ph.D.
Hepatitis is a general term used to refer to the swelling and inflammation of the liver that can be caused by different factors ranging from viral infections, alcohol consumption, and the use of some medications to a person’s genetics. Certain genetic profiles or immune disorders can also result in what is called autoimmune hepatitis, where the immune system mistakenly attacks the liver. Depending on the underlying cause, hepatitis can be acute with flare-ups that then go away, or chronic, which most frequently manifests with milder symptoms, but which comes with a higher risk of progressing to long-term liver damage and possible liver failure.