Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

: 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 649--650

Fulminant hepatitis E in an infant

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

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Dr. Ira Shah
1/B Saguna, 271/B St. Francis Road, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai - 400 056, Maharashtra

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.

How to cite this article:
Tolani D, Shah I. Fulminant hepatitis E in an infant.J Family Med Prim Care 2017;6:649-650

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Tolani D, Shah I. Fulminant hepatitis E in an infant. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Jul 9 ];6:649-650
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