What are the effects of corticosteroids and immunosuppressive agents for treating vasculitis in 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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Small and medium-sized arteries and arterioles are affected in polyarteritis nodosa (PAN). Although corticosteroids and immunosuppressive agents may be beneficial for treating vasculitis, they may potentially have a deleterious effect on the course of hepatitis B liver disease due to viral reactivation, particularly after the withdrawal of treatment.


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