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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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What are some common myths and misconceptions about hepatitis b?

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

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What are my chances of contracting hepatitis b? How common is it?

What are my chances of contracting hepatitis b? How common is it?

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis B is transmitted by Blood, including needle stick, Mucocutaneous such as Sexual contact with an infected person or carrier, or perinatal exposure. There is vaccination available, but most important is avoid sexual indiscretion. ...Read more

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How common is it for registered nurses working in emergency room to contract hepatitis B?

How common is it for registered nurses working in emergency room to contract hepatitis B?

Very uncommon: as a prerequisite for their job, they should all have been vaccinated (and/or have their immunity titers checked). ...Read more

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Please provide the classification, the scientific name, and the common name of hepatitis b?

Unclear question: Hepatitis b is one type of viral hepatits. An older name is serum hepatitis. Please consult this site for more info on viral hepatitis, including hepatitis b. http://www.medicinenet.com/viral_hepatitis/article.htm. ...Read more

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Is jaundice a common symptom of hepatitis b?

Is jaundice a common symptom of hepatitis b?

No: Although jaundice can occur with hepatitis b, it is not common. Most of the time, hepatitis b is first diagnosed from abnormal liver function tests. You should consult with your doctor if you are concerned of hepatitis b. ...Read more

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I live in the us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

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I live in the  us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

Rare: The chance to get transfused with hepatitis b contaminated blood product is estimated at 1/63, 000 - 1/500, 000 per unit of product. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis b?

What is hepatitis b?

Hepatitis B: Hepatitis b is a virus that tends to infect the liver in humans. Transmission from person to person is by intimate contact (sexual activity) or blood exchange. There is a readily available blood test to see if you have it, and there is a vaccination available (3 shots over 6 months) to prevent you from ever getting it. Hepatitis b can lead to chronic infection and cirrhosis, possibly cancer. ...Read more