What is chronic hepatitis?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Can you explain what chronic hepatitis is?

A: Chronic hepatitis consists of persistent liver infection and inflammation that lingers long after the primary symptoms of the disease have disappeared. It can produce subtle symptoms of liver tenderness and continued fatigue and over time can gradually destroy the liver. Chronic hepatitis also appears to increase the risk of liver cancer.

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