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

  • Because of the nonspecific clinical presentation and frequent lack of clinical awareness, HSV hepatitis often is not diagnosed antemortem[Aboguddah 1991]
  • Diagnostic testing should include both serologic and HSV DNA PCR assays[Levitsky 2008]
  • Liver biopsy is the gold-standard method of confirming diagnosis of HSV hepatitis but the elevated risk of bleeding in acute liver failure must be considered carefully

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