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What is the difference between acute and chronic hepatitis b?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Time course: One has to have acute hepatitis b before it becomes chronic hepatitis b. Fifty percent of patients that have acute hepatitis b clear the virus in 1 years time. However, if after 1 year, the virus is still present, then it is considered to be chronic. There are no fda approved medications for acute hepatitis b, but there are several fda approved medications for chronic hepatitis b.
Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Hep B: Acute hepatitis b may or may not be symptomatic. About 90% of patients will recover and develop immunity to it. Unfortunately, 10% go on to develop chronic hepatitis b and be at risk to things like liver cirrhosis and cancer.

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A 30-year-old female asked:

What are the symptoms of chronic hepatitis b?

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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Chronic Hepatitis B: No symptoms necessarily associated. Perhaps fatigue and if progression to cirrhosis may result in easy bleeding, jaundice, abdominal distension.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What could be the cause of chronic hepatitis b?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Virus at early age: Hep b: common (world-wide) viral infection, commonly obtained at birth from mom who is chronic carrier (probably got it at birth from her mother). Adult onset (usually blood transmission, less likely sexual): better chance of being only acute, not chronic. "dose" of exposure, genotype, immune response all play a role. Can rx. Chr inf can lead to more liver problems, incl. Cirrhosis, failure, ca.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What can I do if I'm suffering from chronic hepatitis b?

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Dr. Victor Nwanguma
Infectious Disease 20 years experience
Hepatitis B: First thing you will want to do is to speak with your primary care provider who can refer you to the appropriate specialist (usually an infectious disease specialist). Several blood test will need to be done to determine if you need treatment. Not everyone needs to be treated right away.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is chronic hepatitis b?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Dangerous: Chronic hep b may lead to liver cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer, all of which can cause death.

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