oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Serum enzyme changes In viral hepatitis in Africans

Volume 22, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The natural history of many diseases is of crucial importance in any assessment of the clinical signs and associated biochemical features. The syndrome of viral hepatitis provides an example of this; it testifies to the wide range of expression of this disorder, from mild (virtually no diagnostic clinical features) to extreme severity of symptoms, and to the concomitant alterations of blood chemistry that are a reflection of this (Moffat and Gelfand, 1974). In particular, examination of the enzymes in serum, as indicative of hepatic function, is illustrative.

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