Hepatitis E: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Medically Reviewed on 3/19/2019

The term hepatitis refers to inflammation of the liver.

Not everyone infected with the virus will develop symptoms and signs. Signs and symptoms associated with hepatitis E infection include yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin (jaundice), nausea and vomiting, right-sided abdominal pain or discomfort, dark or brown urine, and light-colored stool. Other possible associated signs and symptoms of hepatitis E include fatigue, itchy skin, loss of appetite, abdominal tenderness, and joint pain.

Cause of hepatitis E

An infection with the hepatitis E virus causes hepatitis E, a rare form of inflammation of the liver. The virus spreads via food or drink handled by an infected person or through infected water supplies in areas where fecal matter may get into the water.


Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

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