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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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QUINTANA DUQUE, Mario Andrés; OTERO REGINO, William  and  CONCHA MEJIA, Alejandro. Inactive hepatitis B. Decisions in the clinical practice. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2009, vol.24, n.2, pp.158-168. ISSN 0120-9957.

Most chronic carriers of HBsAg are inactive carriers. Although in general have a good prognosis in the long term, have an increased risk of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma with respect to the general population. It is also a group at high risk of complications, even lethal, if given hepatotoxic or immunosuppressive drugs, which requires a series of diagnostic and therapeutic measures necessary for the treating physician. In this article we present a review of inactive hepatitis B, emphasizing the approach to be implemented in clinical scenarios that occur most frequently in this patient group.

Keywords : B hepatitis; inactive carrier; reactivation; natural history of chronic hepatitis B.

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