Childhood Liver Diseases

Hepatitis D

Hepatitis D

Hepatitis D is a virus which affects the liver only very rarely.

It usually causes a co- infection with the Hepatitis B  virus.

Hepatitis D infections are much more common across the world. Infection with  Hepatitis D virus is common in some countries especially in Uzbekistan.

Usually the treatment is targeted towards the Hepatitis B virus.

Rarely, the Hepatitis B virus  is eliminated from the blood stream but hepatitis D virus continues to be there in the blood.

In these cases, patients may require treatment with Interferon for an year .

Many Patients with Hepatitis B and D ultimately progress to End stage liver disease which may be treated with a liver transplant.

 

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