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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 649-650

Fulminant hepatitis E in an infant


Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Liver Clinic, B J Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ira Shah
1/B Saguna, 271/B St. Francis Road, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai - 400 056, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.222008

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Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is an enterically transmitted infection that is typically self-limited. It spreads by fecally contaminated water within endemic areas. Hepatitis E infection occurs in both sporadic and epidemic forms in developing countries. HEV infection is usually subclinical in children but in a pregnant woman, it manifests commonly as fulminant hepatic failure. A few cases of acute liver failure caused primarily by HEV infection in children have been reported. We present a case of fulminant hepatitis E in a 1-year-old child. She showed positive signs of hepatic encephalopathy, jaundice, and coagulopathy and was given symptomatic treatment for the same. She recovered due to the self-limiting nature of HEV infection and prompt symptomatic relief.


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