Chronic Liver Disease (Hepatitis)
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Hepatitis is a viral infection that attacks the liver and causes inflammation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the leading cause of liver cancer and most common reason for liver transplantation in the United States.
The most common types of hepatitis are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C, but there are also Hepatitis D and Hepatitis E infections.
- Hepatitis A – a severe liver disease that lasts a couple of weeks to several months, but will not develop into a chronic infection
- Hepatitis B – ranges from a mild illness to a long-term illness, leading to liver disease or cancer
- Hepatitis C – a critical illness that most often becomes a chronic condition, leading to liver cancer or cirrhosis (a condition caused by scar tissue in the liver that leads to loss of functions)
- Hepatitis D – uncommon in the United States, this type is a serious disease that reproduces from Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis E – uncommon in the United States, this type is an acute infection that doesn’t lead to a chronic illness
Hepatitis affects the digestive system and is evaluated by the Social Security Administration under conditions for chronic liver disease. You may qualify for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on your condition and age.
Chronic liver disease is evaluated by the following:
- Portal hypertensive gastropathy or hemorrhaging from esophageal, gastric, or ectopic varices
- What it is: hemorrhaging or bleeding from the stomach
- How it is evaluated: requires hospitalization for transfusion at least two units of blood
- Ascites or hydrothorax
- What it is: the accumulation of fluid in the body surrounding the lungs
- How it is evaluated: must persist despite prescribed treatment within a consecutive six-month period
- Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis
- What it is: an infection in the abdominal cavity
- Hepatorenal syndrome
- What it is: rapid deterioration in kidney function
- Hepatopulmonary syndrome
- What it is: lack of oxygen in the lungs creating shortness of breath due to broadening blood vessels
- Hepatic encephalopathy
- What it is: loss of consciousness or coma due to liver failure
- End stage liver disease
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