Chronic hepatitis B infection in childhood is often unrecognized and asymptomatic. The majority of associated morbidity emerges in adulthood. The presence of symptoms in childhood greatly increase the risk that aggressive hepatitis is present. Complications of chronic hepatitis B infection include cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, both of which occur much less frequently in children than in adults. Interferon is a promising treatment but appears to be beneficial for a selected subset of patients; however, further progress in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B is likely in the near future.
|Number of pages
|Emergency and Office Pediatrics
|Published - Jan 1 1995
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health