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People who have fulminant hepatitis typically develop the symptoms
seen in viral hepatitis. Then rapidly—within hours, days, or sometimes
weeks—they develop severe, often life-threatening liver failure.
Symptoms of severe liver failure include confusion, extreme
irritability, altered consciousness (usually leading to unconsciousness or
coma), blood-clotting defects, and buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity,
arms, and legs.
Bell BP, et al. (2004). Hepatitis A virus. In RD
Feigin et al., eds., Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 5th ed., vol. 2, pp. 2069–2086. Philadelphia: Saunders.
August 30, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
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