Khanh Bao Nguyen, M.D., is a family medicine specialist who can diagnose, treat and manage hepatitis infections. Dr. Nguyen practices at Doctor’s Medical Group and serves residents of Garden Grove, California.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. Although it can be caused by excessive alcohol use or toxic substances, viruses are the most common cause of hepatitis. Hepatitis viruses are identified with letters (ABCDE) to distinguish the different types. Types B and C are the most common cause of viral hepatitis. Hepatitis viruses can be spread by contaminated water (types A and E) or through direct contact with infected blood or body fluids or through sexual contact (types B, C and D).
Some patients with hepatitis have no symptoms. However, others present with abdominal pain, extreme fatigue, and nausea and vomiting. In the early stages, a patient with hepatitis may have symptoms similar to a mild flu, including fever, joint aches and pains, loss of appetite, weight loss and diarrhea. If the disease is severe or the liver is seriously affected, patients may develop jaundice (yellow skin, eyes, and tongue) have dark urine and symptoms like hives, itchy skin or light-colored stools.
A hepatitis virus panel is used to identify current or past infection with hepatitis A, B, or C. Only one blood sample is required, as the same sample can be used for multiple tests. Individual blood tests are also available for each virus. The tests look for the presence of antibodies, which are proteins produced by the body in response to a foreign substance such as a virus or bacteria (which are called antigens). Sometimes a liver biopsy is used to assess liver damage.
For mild cases and for people who have hepatitis A or E, supportive care such as bed rest is usually all that is necessary. People with hepatitis should abstain from alcohol. Antiviral medications are usually used for Hepatitis B and C. If hepatitis causes liver failure, a liver transplant may be necessary. Vaccination is available to help prevent hepatitis A and B. In addition to the initial dose, a booster shot may be necessary.
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"I've had the pleasure of having Doctor Khanh Nguyen as my PCP for over a year now & have seen him enough times to know I am in great hands."