For other people, acute hepatitis B leads to life-long infection known as chronic hepatitis B. Over time, chronic hepatitis B can cause serious health problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death.
How does hepatitis B cause damage?
Having a chronic HBV infection can lead to serious complications, such as: Scarring of the liver (cirrhosis). The inflammation associated with a hepatitis B infection can lead to extensive liver scarring (cirrhosis), which may impair the livers ability to function. Liver cancer.
What does hepatitis B and C cause?
What are hepatitis B and C? Hepatitis is caused by a virus in the blood. Like other viruses, a person becomes infected with hepatitis through exposure to the virus. Hepatitis B and C cause inflammation of the liver.
What happens if hepatitis B is left untreated?
A Dangerous Disease The longer a hepatitis B infection is left untreated, the more susceptible you are to developing severe scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) and liver cancer.