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what's the significance of hepatitis b immunoglobulins?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Post-exposure : Prophylaxis. Hep b Immune Globulin is given following exposure to hep b to prevent infection. It should be followed three weeks later with hep b vaccine.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can hepatitis a be more severe in children or adults?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
In adults: Hepatitis a usually causes pretty mild disease in children, e.g., brief periods of abdominal pain and vomiting, whereas it can cause much severer disease in adults even leading to fatality.
A 22-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between chronic and acute hepatitis b?

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Dr. Lance Stein
Specializes in Hepatology
Timing: Acute hepatitis b occurs after a new infection (ie. A needle stick). If infected as an adult, 95% of cases of acute hepatitis will be self-limiting and resolve without treatment. Chronic infection is when the virus has been present for > 6 months.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is hepatitis C contagious upon contact?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Blood borne: Hep c is usually transmitted through blood and body fluid exchange, including sex. It is not transmitted through casual contact like shaking hands.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How probable is hepatitis carrier getting liver cancer?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Liver cirrhosis & ca: Hepatocellular carcinoma (malignant hepatoma) is most common type of liver cancer, & most cases are secondary to either viral hepatitis or cirrhosis. This tumor is rare in usa. Main risk factors are alcoholism, hepatitis b or c, wilson's disease, type 2 diabetes with obesity, & hemochromatosis.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you get rid of chronic hepatitis b?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
No: You generally don't get rid of chronic hepatitis b, but you can keep it permanently suppressed with medications.

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