Neonatal hepatitis

Neonatal hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver which occurs in infants usually between one and two months after birth. Viruses which can cause neonatal hepatitis in infants include cytomegalovirus, rubella (measles), and hepatitis A, B and C. The infant with neonatal hepatitis usually has jaundice (yellow eyes and skin).

Neonatal hepatitis is inflammation of the liver that occurs only in early infancy, usually between one and two months after birth. About 20 percent of the infants with neonatal hepatitis are infected by a virus that caused the inflammation before birth by their mother or shortly after birth. The biopsy will often show that four or five liver cells are combined into a large cell that still functions, but not as well as a normal liver cell. This type of neonatal hepatitis is sometimes called giant cell hepatitis. The symptoms of neonatal hepatitis are similar to another infant liver disease, biliary atresia, in which the bile ducts are destroyed for reasons that are not understood. The infant with biliary atresia is also jaundiced and has an enlarged liver, but is growing well and does not have an enlarged spleen.

Related Journals of Neonatal hepatitis

Journal of Neonatal Medicine, Neonatal Biology Journal,


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