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Volume 100, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645

Abstract

Abstract.

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is globally the most common cause of acute viral hepatitis. In industrialized countries, HEV infection can be seen in travelers returning from hyperendemic countries or in individuals at risk for autochthonous infection due to zoonotic exposure. Hepatitis E virus infection is often unrecognized and at times misdiagnosed because of nonspecific findings that can overlap with other causes of hepatitis, including autoimmune hepatitis (AIH). Although most cases of acute HEV infection resolve spontaneously and do not require treatment, life-threatening acute liver failure may occur in some cases. We discuss the case of an 8-year-old boy returning from Bangladesh with progressive acute liver injury and a clinical profile suggestive of AIH, who showed a favorable response to corticosteroid treatment before the diagnosis of an acute HEV infection could be established.

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  • Received : 03 Aug 2018
  • Accepted : 16 Sep 2018
  • Published online : 22 Oct 2018

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