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What are the differences between chronic and acute hepatitis b?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
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In brief: Time

As implied by the names, acute hepatitis b is the illness syndrome when you are first exposed to hepatitis b.
This includes abdominal pain, GI disturbance, fever, flu like symptoms, and sometimes jaundice. Hepatitis b can be deadly. Chronic hep b is the long term disease which may cause nothing, may cause some mild abdominal symptoms, and then may lead to full blown cirrhosis and inflammation.

In brief: Time

As implied by the names, acute hepatitis b is the illness syndrome when you are first exposed to hepatitis b.
This includes abdominal pain, GI disturbance, fever, flu like symptoms, and sometimes jaundice. Hepatitis b can be deadly. Chronic hep b is the long term disease which may cause nothing, may cause some mild abdominal symptoms, and then may lead to full blown cirrhosis and inflammation.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. Matthew Fero
Not all patients with acute hepatitis B will develop a chronic hepatitis B infection. Blood tests can tell if the infection is chronic or if the patient has mounted an adequate immune response.
Dr. Lance Stein
Internal Medicine - Hepatology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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