The natural history of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is variable, complex, and dynamic. The best method for diagnosis is to have a clinical suspicion in at-risk individuals, and to evaluate the results of specific liver-related and HBV serological tests. Approximately 70% of patients with acute HBV are asymptomatic, and diagnosis is often difficult. Patients with chronic HBV may also be asymptomatic, or may have signs and symptoms of chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis and its complications, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and liver failure.
BMJ Best Practice is an evidence-based point of care tool for healthcare practitioners.
To continue reading and access all of BMJ Best Practice's pages you'll need to log in or start a free trial.
You can access through your institution if your hospital, university, trust or other institution provides access to BMJ Best Practice through either OpenAthens or Shibboleth.
Use of this content is subject to our disclaimer