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How does the hepatitis b virus attack the immune system?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
HEPATITIS B: Liver injury is determined by patient's immune response to infection. Hepatocellular damage is indicated by the presence of serologic immune markers, predominance of t lymphocytes and plasma cells. Response to therapy with corticosteroids and immunosuppressants.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Could i recover from hepatitis b virus?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Yes: Most people recover completely with no residual infection. They develop a positive surface antibody (hbsab) and lose their surface antigen (hbsag). However, about 10% go on to develop chronic hepatitis, maintaining their hbsag. In such cases, cure isn't possible, but the infection can be treated with medications that will help to prevent complications.

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Last updated Jul 15, 2012

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