What are the dietary restrictions for patients with hepatitis B (HBV) (Hep B)?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patients with acute or chronic hepatitis without cirrhosis have no dietary restrictions. For individuals with decompensated cirrhosis (signs of portal hypertension or encephalopathy), the following dietary limitations are indicated:

  • A low-sodium diet (1.5 g/day)

  • High-protein diet (ie, white-meat protein, such as chicken, turkey, or fish)

  • Fluid restriction (1.5 L/day) in cases of hyponatremia


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