Hepatitis A Differential Diagnoses

Updated: May 08, 2019
  • Author: Richard K Gilroy, MD, FRACP; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

The main condition to be considered in the differential diagnosis for acute hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection is acute hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection. The 2 viruses have a similar clinical presentation and the same mode of transmission, and both are common in developing countries. Dual infection is believed to occur. Data on this implication (ie, prognosis, disease course) are not available.

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Other problems to be considered include the following:

  • Acute drug-induced liver injury (eg, acetaminophen, Ecstasy)

  • Acute HIV infection [16]

  • Drug-induced hypersensitivity reactions (eg, sulfasalazine hypersensitivity)

Differential Diagnoses