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Hepatitis B reactivation 

Hepatitis B reactivation
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Hepatitis B reactivation
Author(s):

Gayatri Chakrabarty

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199665754.003.0012
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date: 21 July 2019

There is a significant risk of relapse with chronic hepatitis B during periods of immunosuppression. Prophylaxis with antiretroviral agents has the potential to prevent relapse and complications such as liver fibrosis, and is strongly supported in the hepatology community and through professional guidelines. A case is presented where the patient was not offered prophylaxis despite risk factors and suffered a significant relapse after chemotherapy for malignancy. The testing, management, and treatment of hepatitis B are discussed with particular attention to the role of prophylaxis.

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