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May 30, 2002

what are the chances of an inactive carrier of HEP B of getting into active stage again and can this time the patient may be able to clear the virus completely what are its chances? Thanks & regards

Response from Dr. Fried

Inactive hepatitis H carriers can reactivate their disease. The frequency that this occurs depends on a number of factors such as when you acquired HBV (as adult or child), previous episodes of reactivation. Reactivation of HBV is usually asymtpomatic. It is recommended to get blodwork checked every 6 months or so to monitor for reactivation. In certain cases, treatment is indicated at the time of reactivation. Continue to follow-up and be monitored by your healthcare provider.



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