Hepatitis B

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Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). For some people, hepatitis B infection becomes chronic, leading to liver failure, liver cancer or cirrhosis - a condition that causes permanent scarring of the liver. Most people infected with hepatitis B as adults recover fully, even if their signs and symptoms are severe. Infants and children are much more likely to develop a chronic hepatitis B infection. Although no cure exists for hepatitis B, a vaccine can prevent the disease. If you're already infected, taking certain precautions can help prevent spreading HBV to others. Signs and symptoms of hepatitis B usually appear about three months after you've been infected and can range from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms of hepatitis B may include: Abdominal pain; Dark urine; Fever; Joint pain; Loss of appetite; Nausea and vomiting; Weakness and fatigue; Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice); Most infants and children with hepatitis B never develop signs and symptoms. The same is true for some adults.


Laboratory Test Procedures:

abdominal pain
joint aches
loss of appetite
dark urine

Direct Bilirubin
Hepatitis B Surface Ab
Hepatitis B Surface Ag
Hepatitis B Core Total Ab
Hepatitis B Core Ab, IgM
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