acute hepatitis

acute hepatitis

Liver inflammation of abrupt onset.
 
Aetiology
Autoimmune, drugs, idiopathic (up to 70% in some services), toxins, viral (HAV, HBV, HCV, HEV).
 
Clinical findings
Low-grade fever, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, malaise, headache, photophobia, pharyngitis, cough; later, dark urine, light stool, jaundice, hepatomegaly, ± splenomegaly, ± lymphadenopathy.
 
Diagnosis
Liver biopsy; increased transaminases (ALT, AST); increased virus-specific IgG or IgM.

Acute hepatitis, differential diagnosis
Alcohol
Perivenular ballooning with neutrophils, Mallory bodies, steatosis, fibrosis.

Biliary disease
No lobular disease, ± granulomas, minimal cholestasis, duct proliferation, ± ductopaenia, copper-binding protein (black dots with orcein; blue with Victoria blue).

Chronic hepatitis/cirrhosis
Fibrosis vs necrosis.

Drugs
Minimal portal-tract inflammation (neutrophils, eosinophils, granulomas), bile duct damage with certain agents (paraquat, floxacillin).

Viral
• EBV—minimal liver damage, atypical lymphocytes in sinusoids, portal tracts.
• CMV/HSV—confluent necrosis, scattered lymphocytes in sinusoids, viral inclusions.

acute hepatitis

Clinical medicine Liver inflammation of abrupt onset, which may be due to a viral infection–eg HAV or toxins Clinical Low-grade fever, anorexia, N&V, fatigue, malaise, headache, photophobia, pharyngitis, cough; later, dark urine, light stool, jaundice, hepatomegaly, ± splenomegaly, ± lymphadenopathy Diagnosis Liver biopsy; ↑ transaminases–ALT, AST, ↑ virus-specific IgG or IgM Pathology Diffuse lymphocytic and plasmacytic inflammation, patchy–piecemeal necrosis, and liver cell degeneration in the form of either lytic–ballooning or coagulative–acidophilic degeneration; AH may be accompanied by a collapse of the central reticulin fibers surrounding the hepatocytes; activated Kupffer cells may be filled with phagocytic debris. Cf Chronic hepatitis.
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