Journal Article

Mortality Secondary to Fulminant Hepatic Failure in Patients with Prior Resolution of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Japan

Takeji Umemura, Eiji Tanaka, Kendo Kiyosawa and Hiromitsu Kumada

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 47, issue 5, pages e52-e56
Published in print September 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/590968
Mortality Secondary to Fulminant Hepatic Failure in Patients with Prior Resolution of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Japan

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Hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation in patients with resolved HBV infection was found in 23 (4%) of 552 newly hepatitis B surface antigen-positive patients in Japan. Because one-fourth of cases develop into fulminant hepatic failure and mortality is 100%, management of HBV reactivation in patients with resolved HBV infection should be discussed.

Journal Article.  2869 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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