Key Points about Pediatric Hepatitis in Children
- Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. It can damage and destroy liver cells.
- Hepatitis in children can be caused by many things. Your child can get hepatitis by being exposed to a virus that causes it.
- There are five main types of the hepatitis virus: A, B, C, D and E.
- The most common symptoms of hepatitis include a yellowish color to the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice) and flu-like symptoms.
- Some children don't have any symptoms.
- Getting vaccinated and having good hygiene can prevent hepatitis.
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Hepatology Treatment at Children's National Hospital
The pediatric experts in the Hepatology Program at Children's National emphasize a personal approach to care for children with a variety of liver diseases. Discover more about the treatments we offer.
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Departments that Treat Hepatitis
Pre-Operative Care Clinic
When your child is having surgery at Children's National Hospital, the Pre-Operative Care Clinic's (POCC) team of pediatric professionals screens patients for surgery and creates a specific care plan for each patient.
Our Hepatology Program provides specialized diagnostic, evaluation and treatment services for children with a variety of liver diseases. The program is coordinated through the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.