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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hepatitis B treatment in younger patients remains complicated

NEW ORLEANS — Hepatitis B is a global disease, and treatment remains elusive, particularly in the pediatric population, according to a presenter here at the 2012 AAP National Conference and Exhibition.
Judith A. O’Connor, MD, who is a pediatric gastroenterologist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, said although treatment of HBV can be tricky in younger patients, it is crucial because this illness has a profound effect on their lives.

 O’Connor said all of the treatment options for HBV have limitations. Interferon’s assets include that these medications only require a limited time frame for treatment, and they have the best antibody responses, but, on the downside, they can be painful, they require three-times-a-week dosing, and this is an expensive treatment, although it is only for 1 year.

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