People who have fulminant hepatitis typically develop the symptoms seen in viral hepatitis. Then rapidly—within hours, days, or sometimes weeks—they develop severe, often life-threatening liver failure.
Symptoms of severe liver failure include confusion, extreme irritability, altered consciousness (usually leading to unconsciousness or coma), blood-clotting defects, and buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity, arms, and legs.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology|
|Last Revised||August 30, 2012|
Last Revised: August 30, 2012
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