The incubation period for
hepatitis B is 6 to 24 weeks, with an average of 8 to 12 weeks.
Acute Hepatitis B
The majority of persons
infected with acute hepatitis B are asymptomatic. Fewer than 10% of those infected as children and 30% of those
infected as adults will experience common hepatitis symptoms:
abdominal pain and
Chronic Hepatitis B
Chronic hepatitis B refers to an infection where the
body is not able to eliminate the virus. About 90% of those infected by
hepatitis B as children and 10% of those infected as adults will develop chronic
hepatitis B, which may lead to cirrhosis and cancer of the liver. Patients that develop severe liver damage may need to undergo liver
transplant surgery to replace the damaged liver with a healthy one. People with chronic hepatitis B remain infectious throughout their
lifetime, unless successfully treated.
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