- Fulminant Hepatitis is a complication of acute viral hepatitis that manifests as rapid functional decompensation of the liver.
|Etiology and Pathogenesis|
- Fulminant Hepatitis occurs in the context of acute viral hepatitis. It is rare during hepatitis A or C virus infection. Most cases are due to Hepatitis B Virus infection with or without Hepatitis D Virus. It is most likely the result of a massive, overly-exuberant immune response to the presence of virus, resulting in rapid inflammatory damage to the liver.
- Fulminant Hepatitis is characterized by certain signs of hepatic failure that can manifest rapidly and thus does not include those that require chronic timescales to develop.
- Fulminant Hepatitis has a high degree of mortality and is rapidly fatal.