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Symptoms and signs 

 

                                                                      

     

          Patient of jaundice                    Jaundice.                    Dark colored urine.     

 

 

 Incubation period is 4-6 weeks.

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incubation period is time between entry of disease causing organism and manifestation of symptoms.

 

  1. Early phase (prodromal phase) of disease include symptoms like 

  1. Fever.

  2. Nausea.

  3. Vomiting.

  4. Loss of appetite.

  5. Pain abdomen.

           followed by:  

  1. Jaundice.

  2. Dark coloured urine.                               

  3. Clay coloured stools.

  4. Weakness.

  5. Intractable itching.

 

 Examination findings :

  1. Liver enlargement.

  2. Spleen enlargement.

  3. Epigastric tenderness. (upper abdominal pain on pressing.)

 

 Course of disease

  1. Average period of recovery is 4-6 weeks.

  2. Significant loss of working hours at school and place of work.

  3. Mortality ( death rate) up to 3% in elderly.

  4. Disease ,more serious and life threatening in high risk group, including:

 

 High risk group
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Alcoholics

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Hepatitis B carriers.

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Infants.

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Elderly.

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Patients suffering from other chronic illnesses.

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HIV affected patients.

 

 

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