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I am a nervous wreck. My daughter has hepatitis b. Can you tell me about it?

I am a nervous wreck. My daughter has hepatitis b. Can you tell me about it?

Viral infection: Common world wide. Spread mostly by blood- birth exposure in far east, mid east, africa; bad transfusion (blood supply is tested here;, shared drug use e.g. Needles, contam tattoo ink or needles; less commonly sexually spread. Can cause acute hep: fever, nausea, jaundice, wt loss; may lead to chronic carrier of virus and/or chr. Liver disease. Can lead to cirrhosis, and ca. Rx available; c md. ...Read more

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Dr. Anne Larson
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Hepatitis B (Definition)

Hepatitis b is a viral liver disease. Until vaccines were developed this was a very common cause of hepatitis, and still is in some countries. Hep b is a progressive chronic disease which can lead to cirrhosis and also to cancer of the liver. It is also implicated in the causation ...Read more


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Can you tell me more about liver function and hepatitis b?

Yes: Liver functions are altered in hepatitis. ( a, b, c, d, e ) to a varying degree. It most of the time correlates with disease activity. Serial fu of viral count and liver function helps. Treatment alters the course of disease. Untreated hep b can cause cirrohsis, liver cancer in long run. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about the hepatitis b virus vaccination series?

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B is a viral illness that is spread by blood or sexual contact. In this country, most babies now are vaccinated in the first year of life (birth, 2 months old, and 4 months old) to help protect them. If you have not had a Hep B vaccine, getting one is good way to prevent what can be a serious disease. For adults, there is a series of 3 vaccines (schedule depending on the brand). ...Read more

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I would like some information about hepatitis b and c?

CDC has a great tbl: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Resources/Professionals/PDFs/ABCTable.pdf

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I'm not sure, but should my ex have told me about having hepatitis b?

I'm not sure, but should my ex have told me about having hepatitis b?

It is recommended: It depends, if he/she was diagnosed with hepatitis b from a physician, we counsel and recommend all patients to have their family members and significant others checked for hep b. They also receive a call from the health department with further instructions. If he/she didn't know, then that is a different story. There are very good medicines to help control hep b. See a liver doctor to discuss. ...Read more

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Please tell me the symptoms of hepatitis b in a baby?

Please tell me the symptoms of hepatitis b in a baby?

Symptomatic or not: The primary difference for babies is a much higher rate of having no symptoms at all. This can occur in older kids & adults, ~50% have symptoms >5yo but in babies 99% may be asymptomatic. They can remain so even with chronic liver disease & only be picked up through random testing or when the liver starts to fail. ...Read more

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What to do about hepatitis b serology, but I need some input?

Sure: you need to provide the test results in order to guide you. there are many serologic tests and viral tests that help understand if the hepatitis B is active or not, and if it needs treatment or not. ...Read more

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What are some common myths and misconceptions about hepatitis b?

Several: With chronic infection at risk for liver cancer (hcc) and routine screening is needed....Most adults clear infection without need for hospitalization ..... Resolved hep b or infection in past that your body has cleared has risk of reinsurance if immune system is compromised like with chemotherapy or long term steroids .... There are some very well tolerated oral medications for chronic infections. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more