Posts Tagged ‘Infections’
Hepatitis B – Definition
Hepatitis B is a liver disease. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus. Most hepatitis B infections clear up within 1-2 months without treatment. When the infection lasts more than six months, it can develop into chronic hepatitis B, which can lead to:
- Chronic inflammation of the liver
- Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
- Liver cancer
- Liver failure
Typhoid fever – Definition
Typhoid fever and paratyphoid fever are serious illnesses caused by Salmonella bacteria. It may be Salmonella typhi or Salmonella paratyphi. Typhoid fever is rare in the United States. It occurs most often in developing countries where sanitation is poor. Typhoid fever can be fatal, especially when not treated.
Peritonitis – Definition
Peritonitis is an inflammation or infection of the peritoneum. The peritoneum is a thin tissue lining that covers the inside of the abdominal cavity. It also covers the outside of the intestines and other abdominal organs.