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What is the difference between acute and chronic hepatitis b?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Time course

One has to have acute hepatitis b before it becomes chronic hepatitis b.
Fifty percent of patients that have acute hepatitis b clear the virus in 1 years time. However, if after 1 year, the virus is still present, then it is considered to be chronic. There are no fda approved medications for acute hepatitis b, but there are several fda approved medications for chronic hepatitis b.

In brief: Time course

One has to have acute hepatitis b before it becomes chronic hepatitis b.
Fifty percent of patients that have acute hepatitis b clear the virus in 1 years time. However, if after 1 year, the virus is still present, then it is considered to be chronic. There are no fda approved medications for acute hepatitis b, but there are several fda approved medications for chronic hepatitis b.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. You Sung Sang
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Hep B

Acute hepatitis b may or may not be symptomatic.
About 90% of patients will recover and develop immunity to it. Unfortunately, 10% go on to develop chronic hepatitis b and be at risk to things like liver cirrhosis and cancer.

In brief: Hep B

Acute hepatitis b may or may not be symptomatic.
About 90% of patients will recover and develop immunity to it. Unfortunately, 10% go on to develop chronic hepatitis b and be at risk to things like liver cirrhosis and cancer.
Dr. You Sung Sang
Dr. You Sung Sang
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