What's New -- Part 2: Viral Hepatitis in Children

Hepatitis C, D, E, and G in Children

Ravi Jhaveri, MD


July 06, 2011

In This Article

Summary and Conclusion

The Table summarizes transmission and infection types for each of the hepatitis viruses.

Table: Summary of Hepatitis Viruses

Viral Agent Main Route of Acquisition Acute/Chronic Infection
HAV Fecal/oral
Acute only
HBV Bloodborne contact,
transmission, sexual
Acute and chronic
HCV Bloodborne contact,
vertical transmission
Acute and chronic
HDV Bloodborne contact Acute and chronic
HEV Fecal/oral
Acute only

The most important news with regard to these infections is the newer agents now available for treatment of HCV. While not approved for use with children, it is reasonable to anticipate that future research will elucidate their role in the management of children. The recognition of the impact of genotype on response, and the availability of reliable methods to determine genotype, make these studies even more important.


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