Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Pinterest LinkedIn RSS Podcasts Video Library Blog
 - Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago

Hepatitis A

The liver helps fight infections and removes harmful substances from the blood. Hepatitis A is a viral infection that makes the liver swell and prevents it from working correctly. Symptoms for hepatitis A, B and C are similar and include flu-like symptoms, yellow skin and eyes, or no symptoms at all. People who may have hepatitis A should visit the doctor for a blood test.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Hepatitis A
Developed by the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public. It includes links to overviews, research and organizations for people with Hepatitis A.

National Center for Infectious Diseases: Viral Hepatitis A
The National Center for Infectious Diseases provides facts on hepatitis A, answers to frequently asked questions, and educational material on this topic. Frequently used terms associated with hepatitis A are also defined in a helpful glossary located on this site.

What I Need to Know about Hepatitis A
This easy-to-read site from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse gives a basic overview of hepatitis A and is presented in a clear and understandable manner.



  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital Mini-Med School: The Liver. Disc #3 - Hepatitis. 2005.
  • Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself: Teens Talk to Teens About Liver Wellness. 1998.


  • The Liver


Hepatitis Foundation International
504 Blick Drive Silver Spring, MD 20904,

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the  Health Learning Center  at 312-926-5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateApril 23, 2012