chronic hepatitis(redirected from chronic active liver disease)
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any of several types of hepatitis persisting for longer than 6 months, often progressing to cirrhosis.
Synonym(s): chronic active liver disease
chronic hepatitisInflammation of the liver that does not improve within 6 months, excluding primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency and Wilson’s disease.
Autoimmune hepatitis, drug-induced hepatitis, HBV, HCV, HDV, chronic hepatitis of unknown origin (cryptogenic hepatitis).
Histologic clues for aetiology of chronic hepatitis
Viruses—Ground glass, fat, lymphoid aggregates, lymphocytosis, low grade.
Autoimmune—Plasma cells, rosetting, florid activity.
Drugs—Eosinophils, granulomas, mixed cellular reaction.
chronic hepatitisHepatology Inflammation of the liver that continues without improvement for ≥ 6 months. See Cirrhosis. Cf Acute hepatitis.
chron·ic hep·a·tit·is(kronik hep-ă-tītis)
One of several types of liver disease persisting for longer than 6 months, often progressing to cirrhosis.
Long lasting inflammation of the liver due to viruses or other causes.
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