Other Viruses That Affect the Liver

  • Authors: Lisa VanWagner, MD, MSc, FAST (More Info)
  • Editor In Chief: Stefan Zeuzem, MD
  • Last Reviewed: 9/4/18 (What's New)

Summary

  • Infection with members of the family Herpesviridae is frequently associated with hepatitis
    • Important pathogenic Herpesviridae include CMV, EBV, HSV-1, HSV-2, VZV, HHV-6, HHV-7, and HHV-8
  • All herpes viruses share an ability to remain latent within the body over long periods of time and can be reactivated later in life, especially in the setting of immunosuppression

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