Can Hepatitis A In Pregnant Women Cause Kidney Failure?
can hepatitis A in pregnant women cause kidney failure? Please answer
Hello, good afternoon Virda.
Hepatitis A is an inflammatory condition of liver cells due to infection with the Hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A can attack anyone, including pregnant women. Transmission is through oro-feccal, namely through food or drink contaminated with feces of people with hepatitis A.
Hepatitis A is actually a type of disease that is classified as mild-moderate and rarely causes serious complications. Complications that can occur but are relatively rare are fulminant hepatitis (liver failure), hemolytic anemia (lack of hemoglobin in the blood due to the breakdown of red blood cells), etc. Regarding kidney failure, as you asked, it can be a complication of liver failure, so it is not a direct complication of hepatitis A. In hepatitis A itself cases of kidney failure are rare. Liver failure occurs because the hepatitis A virus continues to damage liver tissue, this usually occurs in patients who already have liver disease, or in elderly patients.
In general, Hepatitis A treatment aims to relieve symptoms, there is no specific drug intended to kill the virus because the immune system will eliminate the virus by itself. If you or someone around you has hepatitis A, what needs to be considered and done to speed up recovery is to do bed rest, eat nutritious food, be careful about taking drugs that have side effects on the liver, and don't drink alcohol. Don't forget to check back with the doctor who treats you / those around you, to evaluate the progress of recovery from the disease (blood lab tests or ultrasound may be needed).
That's all, hope it helps.
Regards, dr. Denisa