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FAQ: What is hepatitis?

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Q: What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis means "inflammation of the liver." Hepatitis can be caused by a virus, such as hepatitis A virus, hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis can also be caused by alcohol (causing alcoholic hepatitis). There are other conditions that can cause other types of hepatitis but these are the main causes. Longstanding hepatitis--from viruses or alcohol--can lead to scarring in the liver called cirrhosis.