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Hepatitis B - A Viral Infection Often Passed from Mothers to Children

Dr. Soloman Shah MD


A longtime Fairfax, Virginia, medical practitioner, Soloman Shah, MD, is part of the team at Gastrointestinal Medicine Associates, PC. Dr. Soloman Shah has extensive experience in treating liver diseases such as hepatitis. An inflammation of the liver, hepatitis is either the result of alcohol-related damage or a viral infection. While some types pass relatively quickly and without complications, others are chronic and require extended care

Most common in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, hepatitis B spreads through blood transmission and is typically passed on from pregnant women to their infants, or through child-to-child contact. Treatable with antiviral drugs, chronic hepatitis B is most common among those who were infected as children. Those with the chronic form of the disease are also susceptible to developing liver cancer and cirrhosis.

People infected with hepatitis B as adults are generally able to fight off the virus and achieve full recovery within 60 days. Emergency treatment within a few days of exposure can even prevent infection from occurring at all.

A longtime Fairfax, Virginia, medical practitioner, Soloman Shah, MD, is part of the team at Gastrointestinal Medicine Associates, PC. Dr. Soloman Shah has extensive experience in treating liver diseases such as hepatitis. An inflammation of the liver, hepatitis is either the result of alcohol-related damage or a viral infection. While some types pass relatively quickly and without complications, others are chronic and require extended care

Most common in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, hepatitis B spreads through blood transmission and is typically passed on from pregnant women to their infants, or through child-to-child contact. Treatable with antiviral drugs, chronic hepatitis B is most common among those who were infected as children. Those with the chronic form of the disease are also susceptible to developing liver cancer and cirrhosis.
People infected with hepatitis B as adults are generally able to fight off the virus and achieve full recovery within 60 days. Emergency treatment within a few days of exposure can even prevent infection from occurring at all.

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