Hepatitis can progress to, or be complicated by other diseases. Some of these diseases, like fibrosis and cirrhosis, are very common. Fortunately, other complications like liver failure are usually prevented. This article identifies 10 possible complications linked with hepatitis.
One of the most common complications of chronic hepatitis is fibrosis, which is a type of scarring of the liver. The liver is damaged by constant inflammation and creates the scar tissue to repair itself. Unfortunately, this scar tissue keeps the liver from working as it once did. The good news is that if fibrosis is controlled in time and limited to a small part of the liver, the rest of the organ can work harder and keep up with the liver’s functions. When the fibrosis becomes extensive, doctors describes this as cirrhosis.