Viral Hepatitis in Pregnancy

  • Practice Bulletin PB
  • Number 86
  • October 2007

ABSTRACT: Viral hepatitis is one of the most common and potentially serious infections that can occur in pregnant women. Six forms of viral hepatitis have now been identified, two of which, hepatitis A and hepatitis B, can be prevented effectively through vaccination. The purpose of this document is to describe the specific subtypes of hepatitis, their implications during pregnancy, the risk of perinatal transmission, and issues related to both treatment and prevention of infection.

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