The sequelae of acute hepatitis are discussed in relation to the presence or absence of an anatomical substrate. Those without anatomical lesions include posthepatitic hyperbilirubinemia and the posthepatitic 'dyspeptic' syndrome; those with an anatomical background are chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis. Out of 129 cases of chronic hepatitis diagnosed by liver biopsy, a history of acute hepatitis was elicited in 18, though this fact should be taken with the reservation inherent in all retrospective surveys. The authors stress that even a subclinical liver damaging noxa may influence the evolution of the primary lesion, and confirm that the prognosis of acute hepatitis is not invariably favorable.
|Title of host publication||Gazzetta Sanitaria|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1974|
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