Hepatitis B is sometimes misdiagnosed as Hepatitis E

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Hepatitis E, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B is mostly an acute disease but in some patients, it may become a chronic infection. Acute infections generally don’t require treatment and resolve on their own. Chronic infections may require antiviral medications, injections or in rare cases a liver transplant if the liver is badly damaged. Hepatitis B vaccine is available. Diagnosis is via a blood test. Liver ultrasound or biopsy may be required to assess liver damage.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Jaundice, fatigue, rashes, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain in the right side, fever, sore joints

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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