Impact of viruses on the liver

by Dr. Naveen Ganjoo

Understanding Viral Impact on Liver Health

In the current landscape of heightened awareness surrounding viruses, the crucial question arises – how do viruses affect the liver, and to what extent can they pose a life-threatening risk? It's noteworthy that while all viruses have some impact on the liver, certain liver-specific viruses can lead to permanent damage.

Dengue, a widely discussed virus, does indeed affect the liver and has been associated with instances of liver failure. As the viral season approaches, various infections, including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis E, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C, come to the forefront. Hepatitis A and Hepatitis E are generally self-limiting diseases, but once the liver is inflamed, seeking treatment from a liver specialist becomes imperative. Failure to do so may result in severe consequences, including liver failure.

Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C demand early intervention as they can progress to cirrhosis, an irreversible end-stage liver disease. While treatments are available, prevention remains a cornerstone of liver health. It is crucial for individuals diagnosed with Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C to extend their concern to their families, ensuring their safety and well-being through regular check-ups.

While treatment options are available at Aster RV Hospital's Integrated Liver Care, emphasizing prevention over cure becomes paramount. Timely check-ups and proactive measures can safeguard liver health, ensuring a robust and healthy life.