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Hepatitis D is a viral infection and medically it is even feasible for a person to be affected by both Hepatitis B and D simultaneously. The D here can also mean the Delta virus and the infection of the liver happens the same way as it does with the other viruses in the Hepatitis family, through body fluids and through unprotected sex. The symptoms are also quite similar but may take time to appear.
HOW IS HEPATITIS D DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of Hepatitis D is done by various tests which include:
• Anti-delta agent antibody
• Liver biopsy
• Liver enzymes (blood test)
• Liver function test
HOW IS HEPATITIS D TREATED?
According to experts there are no immediate remedies for Hepatitis D. The treatment could be a prolonged one. The Gastroenterologist might choose to prescribe large doses of oral medication aimed at preventing the virus from spreading. In extreme cases, where the liver has been damaged severely, liver transplant may have to be done.
DID YOU KNOW?
This form of disease is extremely rare in the U.S. However, it is seen commonly in the tropical countries of Asia and southern America.