Counties Manukau Health Gastroenterology and Hepatology
This is inflammation of the liver, commonly caused by viruses. Hepatitis B and C are viruses that can cause chronic (long term) inflammation and damage to the liver. These viruses are passed from person to person through body fluids. For more information about Hepatitis B and C view the Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand website.
Alcohol can affect the liver and cause inflammation which, if long term, can damage the liver permanently.