Basic Summary for Viral Hepatitis


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Main name of condition: Viral Hepatitis
Other names or spellings: hepatitis viruses, hepatitis virus


What is Viral Hepatitis?
  Brief description of Viral Hepatitis: Any type of virus infecting the liver.
  Parent types of Viral Hepatitis: Liver conditions, Hepatitis
  Organs Affected by Viral Hepatitis: liver
  Types of Viral Hepatitis: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis D, Hepatitis E, Hepatitis X, Chronic Hepatitis B, Chronic Hepatitis C, Hepatitis G
How many people get Viral Hepatitis?
  Incidence (annual) of Viral Hepatitis: about 452,000 annual cases based on incidence of HepA, HepB, HepC, and HepD (NIDDK 1990-1992)
  Incidence Rate of Viral Hepatitis: approx 1 in 601 or 0.17% or 452,000 people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Viral Hepatitis: Hepatitis A: 32 to 38 percent of U.S. population that have any history of disease (1991)
Hepatitis B: 4 percent of U.S. population that have any history of disease (1990)
Hepatitis C and D: Not determined1
  Incidence of Viral Hepatitis: Hepatitis A: 32,000 new cases (1992)
Hepatitis B: 200,000 to 300,000 new cases (1990)
Hepatitis C: 150,000 new cases (1991)
Hepatitis D: 70,000 new cases (1990)1
How serious is Viral Hepatitis?
  Deaths for Viral Hepatitis: 4,853 deaths reported in USA 1999 (NVSR Sep 2001); fewer than 1,000 deaths (NIDDK 1985)
  Complications of Viral Hepatitis: see complications of Viral Hepatitis
What causes Viral Hepatitis?
  Causes of Viral Hepatitis: see causes of Viral Hepatitis
What are the symptoms of Viral Hepatitis?
  Symptoms of Viral Hepatitis: see symptoms of Viral Hepatitis
Can anyone else get Viral Hepatitis?
  More information: see contagiousness of Viral Hepatitis
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Viral Hepatitis: see treatments for Viral Hepatitis
  Prevention of Viral Hepatitis: see prevention of Viral Hepatitis
Society issues for Viral Hepatitis
  Hospitalizations for Viral Hepatitis: 33,000 new cases in the USA 1987 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
  Hospitalization statistics for Viral Hepatitis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Viral Hepatitis:
  • 0.05% (6,469) of hospital episodes were for viral hepatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 89% of hospital consultations for viral hepatitis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 69% of hospital episodes for viral hepatitis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31% of hospital episodes for viral hepatitis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 26% of hospital admissions for viral hepatitis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4.8 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for viral hepatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for viral hepatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 41 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for viral hepatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 85% of hospitalisations for viral hepatitis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospitalisations for viral hepatitis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 40% of hospitalisations for viral hepatitis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.03% (15,136) of hospital bed days were for viral hepatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.03% (3,842) of hospital consultant episodes were for chronic viral hepatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 95% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic viral hepatitis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 73% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic viral hepatitis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 27% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic viral hepatitis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 8% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic viral hepatitis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3.9 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for chronic viral hepatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for chronic viral hepatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 44 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for chronic viral hepatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 86% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic viral hepatitis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic viral hepatitis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 56% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic viral hepatitis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.011% (5,739) of hospital bed days were for chronic viral hepatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)

  Hospitalizations for Viral Hepatitis: 33,000 (1987)1
  Physician office visits for Viral Hepatitis: 500,000 new cases in the USA 1985 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
  Physician office visits for Viral Hepatitis: 500,000 (1985) 1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Digestive Diseases Statistics: NIDDK

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