Natural history of chronic hepatitis B and C.

  title={Natural history of chronic hepatitis B and C.},
  author={Joanne C. Imperial},
  journal={Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology},
  volume={14 Suppl},
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) affects more than 300 million individuals worldwide and in the United States approximately 1.25 million individuals are chronic carriers of HBV. The risk of becoming a chronic hepatitis B virus surface antigen carrier is dependent upon the mode of acquisition of infection as well as the age of the individual at the time of infection. For those individuals with high levels of viral replication, chronic active hepatitis with progression to cirrhosis, liver failure and… CONTINUE READING