Sep 4, 2006
What are the risks for the fetus when mother has Hepititis C
Response from Dr. McGovern
The risk to the fetus is low.
1. The risk of transmission is about 5 percent. Even less if the mother has a low viral load. 2. Even if the baby acquires HCV, there is a higher chance of clearing the infection spontaneously, than in adults. 3. Children who undergo treatment for HCV tolerate it much better than adults.
Exposure to Hep B/C
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