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Pediatric Hepatitis

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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Meet the Providers Who Treat Hepatitis

Departments that Treat Hepatitis

Infant and pediatric gastroenterology specialist, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program. John Snyder is Division Chief.

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.

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Hepatology Program

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.

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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.