Hepatitis B

Common Name(s)

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a viral hepatitis that affects the liver and is caused by the hepatitis B virus, or HBV. The liver is an organ found on the right side of our belly (abdomen) under the rib cage. It cleans our blood of toxins, poisons, and bacteria. It produces bile which helps our body breakdown food. Hepatitis B occurs when HBV causes a person’s immune system to attack the liver. Symptoms may be mild to severe and may include nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin). Usually the body is able to fight the infection within 6 months (acute infection). Chronic HBV infections may lead to liver cancer, permanent scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), or liver failure. It is rare for HBV to become chronic in adults, but 80% of infected newborns and 20% of infected children under 5 develop a chronic infection. HBV is spread from person to person through blood, semen or other body fluids. The most common ways to get infected by HBV are through sexual contact with someone who has HBV, sharing of infected needles (usually during IV drug use), accidental needle sticks to health care workers working with patients who have HBV, and mother to child during childbirth if the mother has HBV.

A vaccine is available to prevent HBV infection. The vaccine may even be given to newborns exposed to HBV during childbirth to successfully prevent infection. It is important to call your physician within 12 hours if you know you have been exposed to HBV and are not vaccinated. There are treatments available to decrease your chance of becoming infected. If the condition becomes chronic, there are medications available to help slow the damage to the liver but there is no cure at this time. HBV infections are diagnosed through blood tests and possibly liver biopsies. Talk with your doctor if you or a family member has been diagnosed with hepatitis B. Support groups are also good resources of support and information.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Hepatitis B" for support, advocacy or research.

Hepatitis Foundation International

Hepatitis Foundation International is dedicated to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles for all individuals in order to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases that affect the liver’s health including: obesity, diabetes, fatty liver, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. We inform, educate, and empower by making available reliable and up-to-date information.

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2015

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American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation (ALF) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization promoting liver health and disease prevention. ALF provides research, education and advocacy for those affected by liver-related diseases, including hepatitis.

Last Updated: 27 Nov 2012

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The STD Project

Established in April of 2012 during STD Awareness Month, The STD Project is a multi-award-winning independent website and progressive movement eradicating STD stigma by facilitating and encouraging awareness, education, and acceptance through story-telling and resource recommendations. We are taking steps toward modern-day sexual health and prevention by advocating for conscientious and informed decisions.

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016

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World Hepatitis Alliance

The World Hepatitis Alliance is a not-for-profit international umbrella NGO. Our membership is composed of over 170 organisations who work in the field of viral hepatitis, representing every region of the world. We are patient-led and patient-driven, and in this way, we are the global voice for the 500 million people worldwide living with viral hepatitis. Through better awareness, prevention, care, support and access to treatment, our ultimate goal is to work with governments to eradicate these diseases from the planet.

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2014

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Following organizations serve the condition "Hepatitis B" for support, advocacy or research.

Hepatitis Foundation International

Hepatitis Foundation International is dedicated to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles for all individuals in order to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases that affect the liver’s health including: obesity, diabetes, fatty liver, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. We inform, educate, and empower by making available reliable and up-to-date information.

http://www.HepatitisFoundation.org

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2015

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American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation (ALF) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization promoting liver health and disease prevention. ALF provides research, education and advocacy for those affected by liver-related diseases, including hepatitis.

http://www.liverfoundation.org

Last Updated: 27 Nov 2012

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The STD Project

Established in April of 2012 during STD Awareness Month, The STD Project is a multi-award-winning independent website and progressive movement eradicating STD stigma by facilitating and encouraging awareness, education, and acceptance through story-telling and resource recommendations. We are taking steps toward modern-day sexual health and prevention by advocating for conscientious and informed decisions.

http://www.thestdproject.com/

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016

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World Hepatitis Alliance

The World Hepatitis Alliance is a not-for-profit international umbrella NGO. Our membership is composed of over 170 organisations who work in the field of viral hepatitis, representing every region of the world. We are patient-led and patient-driven, and in this way, we are the global voice for the 500 million people worldwide living with viral hepatitis. Through better awareness, prevention, care, support and access to treatment, our ultimate goal is to work with governments to eradicate these diseases from the planet.

http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/en/

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2014

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Hepatitis B" returned 8102 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2017

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Fatal lactic acidosis in hepatitis B virus-associated decompensated cirrhosis treated with tenofovir: A case report.
 

Author(s): Tae Yang Jung, Dae Won Jun, Kang Nyeong Lee, Hang Lak Lee, Oh Young Lee, Byung Chul Yoon, Ho Soon Choi

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jun;96(25):e7133.

 

Recently tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) has been widely used as a first-line therapy for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection. Although TDF demonstrates successful viral suppression, the possibility of renal failure and lactic acidosis has been proposed with TDF administration, ...

Last Updated: 22 Jun 2017

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Relationship of Treg/Th17 balance with HBeAg change in HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B patients receiving telbivudine antiviral treatment: A longitudinal observational study.
 

Author(s): Xiaoling Yang, Jia Li, Jie Liu, Min Gao, Li Zhou, Wei Lu

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jun;96(23):e7064.

 

Telbivudine (LdT) is an orally L-nucleoside with potent and specific antihepatitis B virus (HBV) activity. The higher rate of hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) seroconversion of LdT treatment than other anti-HBV agents suggests a potential immunomodulatory effect. The aim of the study ...

Last Updated: 7 Jun 2017

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Hepatitis B" returned 806 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Spleen implanting in the fatty liver mimicking hepatocarcinoma in a patient with hepatitis B&C: A case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Meng-Yao Wang, Bao Li, Dan Chen, Ai-Lian Liu, Sahrish Qamar, Mei-Yu Sun

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jun;96(25):e7217.

 

Ectopic splenic autotransplantation refers to the heterotopic autotransplantation of splenic tissue and no treatment is necessary for it when patient is asymptomatic. Its incidence rate is reported up to 67% among patients with a history of splenic trauma and splenic surgery. The ...

Last Updated: 22 Jun 2017

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Elimination of Hepatitis B: Is It a Mission Possible?
 

Author(s): Tai-Chung Tseng, Jia-Horng Kao

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Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global public health issue. Although the disease cannot be cured effectively, disease management has been improved over the past decade. The introduction of potent nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs) to suppress viral replication represented ...

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2017

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New perspectives of biomarkers for the management of chronic hepatitis B.
 

Author(s): Chih-Lin Lin, Jia-Horng Kao

Journal: Clin Mol Hepatol. 2016 Dec;22(4):423-431.

 

With recent advances in molecular and genomic investigations, the impact of hepatitis B viral and host factors on the progression of chronic HBV infection has been explored. For viral factors, hepatitis B viral load is a strong predictor for liver disease progression. Hepatitis B ...

Last Updated: 13 Jan 2017

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Hepatitis B Research Network Pediatric Cohort Study (HBRN)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Hepatitis B

 

Last Updated: 3 May 2016

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TDF Medicine to Prevent Mother to Child Transmission of Hepatitis B
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Hepatitis B

 

Last Updated: 23 May 2017

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Hepatitis B Research Network Adult Cohort Study
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Hepatitis B

 

Last Updated: 3 May 2016

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