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Drug-induced Hepatitis Symptoms & Diagnosis


Symptoms of toxic hepatitis include:

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dark or brown-colored stools
  • White or light-colored stools
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain


There is no specific test to diagnose every case of toxic hepatitis. To make the diagnosis, a doctor will perform a thorough history, asking questions about the use of medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and possible chemical exposures, particularly at the workplace.

A physical exam can help determine the size of the liver and any associated tenderness, and a blood test can assess how well the liver is functioning. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a liver biopsy to directly assess liver tissue.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2021 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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