Research IDs children at risk for breakthrough HBV infection

04/1/2012 | Family Practice News

Children born to mothers who carry the hepatitis B e antigen were more at risk for breakthrough hepatitis B infection, with an incidence rate of 9.26%, compared to 0.23% in children with mothers without the antigen, a study in the journal Gastroenterology found. Researchers noted that the estimated rate of hepatitis chronicity also was significantly higher in children born to HBeAg-positive mothers.

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