Hepatitis D (hepatitis D) is an inflammatory infectious disease of the liver caused by the infection of the body with the hepatitis D virus (HDV). The peculiarity of hepatitis D is that the hepatitis delta virus itself is not capable of reproducing itself. Its reproductive function is possible only in the presence of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) in the body, and therefore, the hepatitis D virus usually accompanies hepatitis B, and in the combined effect on the liver, they accelerate the development of liver cirrhosis.
The infection with two types of HBV and HDV hepatitis is indicated by the more severe symptoms (clinical picture) typical of viral hepatitis.
Signs and Symptoms associated with Hepatitis D:
The first signs of hepatitis D are:
The main symptoms of hepatitis D are:
Diagnosis of Hepatitis D
Hepatitis D virus with bloodstream gets into the liver, penetrates into its cells (hepatocytes) and begins to multiply, thereby causing their death. Since hepatitis D causes infection only in the presence of hepatitis B, there are 2 possible variants of infection: