Disease Course of Hep B

Hepatitis B disease course

The disease course of hepatitis B is very complex. The main predictor of disease course is age of infection:

  • infants infected with hepatitis B rarely experience symptoms of acute infection, but 90% will develop chronic or lifelong infection
  • children infected with hepatitis B rarely experience symptoms of acute infection, but 30% will develop chronic or lifelong infection
  • adults or adolescents infected with hepatitis B commonly experience symptoms of acute infection, however less than 5% develop chronic or lifelong infection. (Dore, G; et al; 2006)

References

Dore, G., Wallace, J., Locarnin, S., Desmond, P., Gane, E. & Crawford, D. (2006). Hepatitis B in Australia—Responding to a diverse epidemic.

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