I have recently received my labs back and was positive to Hep D. Does anyone have any information on this disease? Or is there anyone who has been diagnosed with this too?
I don't have any signs of infection and really don't understand the positive results as in my research it states that it coexist with Hep B and that did not come back positive. Any information along with literature searches, weblinks would be greatly appreciated.
Hepatitis D is a type of viral hepatitis caused by the hepatitis D virus (HDV), which needs the hepatitis B virus to exist. Only people who are already infected with hepatitis B can be infected with hepatitis D.
HDV Co-infection - occurs simultaneously when first infected with the hepatitis B virus.
HDV Super-infection – occurs in persons with an existing chronic hepatitis B infection.
A co-infection may result in a more severe acute disease and a higher risk (2%-20%) of developing acute liver failure compared with those infected with HBV alone.
Chronic HBV carriers who acquire HDV super-infections usually develop chronic HDV infection as well. Progression to cirrhosis is believed to be more common with HDV-HBV chronic infections.
Treatment and Management – there is really no effective treatment for HDV. For an acute HDV infection, only supportive care for symptoms can be provided. For a chronic HDV infection, some doctors may try interferon-alpha, but this may only slow disease progression.
It would be best to discuss with your doctor about treatment and management. Good luck.
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