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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Jaundice ( Hepatitis )

The most common cause of jaundice is infection with hepatotrophic viruses (A,B,C,D,E). In Indian children most common cause of jaundice is infection with hepatitis A virus which spread through contaminated water and food. Hepatitis B,C,D and E also exists in Indian children but are rare.

Symptoms include-

• Fever
• Pain abdomen
• Decrease in appetite
• Nausea / Vomiting
• Dark Urine

Most children with hepatitis improve with symptomatic treatment. However rarely (<>

Hepatitis A and B are preventable diseases with effective vaccines available against them.

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