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Viral Hepatitis

  • Viral Hepatitis is predominantly caused by a small group of hepatitis viruses with a strong tropism for the liver. It should be pointed out that mild inflammation of the liver can also be seen as a component systemic infections with EBV and CMV; however, because hepatic pathology is not a major component of these infections, they will not be discussed further in this section.
Morphology and Clinical Consequences
  • Overview
    • Although structurally quite different, the Hepatitis Viruses produce similar morphological and clinical pictures. Three basic clinico-pathological pictures can develop depending on the timescale of infection which is largely determined by the exuberance of the immune response to the virus.
  • Clinico-pathological Patterns