Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Reviewing the state of HCV and HBV in children

From the Journals
Reviewing the state of HCV and HBV in children
Publish date: November 6, 2018
By Mark S. Lesney ID Practitioner 
The natural histories of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are very different in children, compared with their progress in adults, and depends on age at time of infection, mode of acquisition, ethnicity, and genotype, according to a review in a special pediatric issue of Clinics in Liver Disease. Most children infected perinatally or vertically continue to be asymptomatic but are at uniquely higher risk of developing chronic viral hepatitis and progressing to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to Krupa R. Mysore, MD, and Daniel H. Leung, MD, both of the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. In addition, because the risk of progression to cancer along with such other liver damage is high in children, the reviewers stated that HCV and HBV can be classified as oncoviruses.

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