Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses of hepatitis B virus (HBV) (Hep B) infection?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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When evaluating a patient with suspected hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, also consider the other viral hepatitides and etiologies that can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure, such as drug hepatotoxicity. In addition, because a major mode of transmission of this disease is sexual, also consider the possibility of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or other sexually transmitted diseases.


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