Oct 1, 1977

New aspects of therapy and prophylaxis of virus hepatitis (author's transl)

Leber, Magen, Darm
R Müller

Abstract

The etiology of viral hepatitis is well known, since the hepatitis A virus and the hepatitis B virus were detected. There is, however, no specific treatment of the disease. Steroids should not be used, since a therapeutical value in viral hepatitis is not definitely proven and since they may contribute to the development of chronic hepatitis. The application of hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG), interferon or interferon inducers in hepatitis B infections has yielded some interesting results, which, however, do not yet justify general recommendations for therapeutical use. Specific preventive measures against viral hepatitis B have been rendered possible by demonstration of HBS-Ag. In selected cases the application of standard gamma-globulin or HBIG is recommended for prophylaxis of viral hepatitis A or viral hepatitis B, respectively. Active immunization against hepatitis B is still in an experimental stage.

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Hepatitis A
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Gamma globulin
Interferons
Interferon Inducers
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Blood Donor
Hepatitis, Chronic
Hepatitis B

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