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Hepatitis A, B, and C

  • Jonathan Merola
  • Alexander Z. Jow
  • Samuel H. SigalEmail author
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Abstract

Viral hepatitis remains the leading cause of liver failure and is the primary indication for liver transplantation worldwide. Hepatitis viruses are categorized into five distinct subtypes that collectively render significant morbidity and mortality in transplanted patients. Each subtype has a distinct replication pattern, pathology, and treatment. While the primary pathology mediated by these viruses occurs within the liver, significant extrahepatic disease may be observed with particular subtypes of hepatitis and warrant special treatment modalities prior to and following transplantation. Advances in the management of hepatitis B and C have recently revolutionized the treatment paradigm from supportive care to cure. In this section, each hepatitis subtype is described separately and accompanied by diagnostic and treatment strategies with emphasis on care for the transplanted patient.

Keywords

Transplant Liver Hepatitis A virus Hepatitis B virus Hepatitis C virus Antiviral therapy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Merola
    • 1
  • Alexander Z. Jow
    • 2
  • Samuel H. Sigal
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryYale School of Medicine, Yale-New Haven HospitalNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Division of GastroenterologyMid-Atlantic Kaiser Permanente Medical GroupSpringfieldUSA
  3. 3.Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of MedicineAlbert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical CenterBronxUSA

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