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The hepatitis B virus (HBV, hep B) is a unique, coated DNA virus belonging to the Hepadnaviridae family of viruses. The course of the virus is determined primarily by the age at which the infection is acquired and the interaction between the virus and the body's immune system. Successful treatment is associated with a reduction in liver injury and fibrosis (scarring), a decreased likelihood of developing cirrhosis and its complications, including liver cancer, and a prolonged survival.

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      • What is ascites?
      • What causes ascites?
      • What are the types of ascites?
      • What are the risk factors for ascites?
      • What are the symptoms of ascites?
      • When should I call my doctor about ascites?
      • How is ascites diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for ascites?
      • What are the complications of ascites?
      • Can ascites be prevented?
      • What is the outlook (prognosis) for ascites?
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      Bilirubin (Bilirubin Test) Article
      • Bilirubin and blood test facts
      • What is bilirubin?
      • What are normal bilirubin levels in adults?
      • What do high bilirubin levels in adults mean?
      • What are symptoms of high bilirubin levels in adults?
      • What are the symptoms of high bilirubin levels in newborns?
      • What do high bilirubin levels in a newborn mean?
      • What are other names for bilirubin?
      • What is the treatment for elevated bilirubin in adults?
      • What is the bilirubin test?
      • How do I prepare for the bilirubin test?
      • How is the bilirubin test performed?
      • What risks are associated with the bilirubin test?
      • What is the prognosis for an adult with elevated bilirubin levels?
      • What is the prognosis for newborns?
      • Can high levels of bilirubin be prevented?
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      Fatty Liver Article
      • Nonalcoholic fatty liver facts
      • What is fatty liver disease?
      • What causes nonalcoholic fatty liver disease?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of fatty liver?
      • How is nonalcoholic fatty liver disease diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease?
      • Fatty liver and diet
      • Fatty liver, weight loss, and exercise
      • Medications and other treatment options
      • Bariatric surgery
      • Liver transplantation
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      • What diseases are associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease?
      • What are the complications of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease?
      • Does nonalcoholic fatty liver disease occur in children?
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      Liver Cancer Article
      • Liver cancer facts
      • What is liver cancer?
      • What is metastatic liver cancer?
      • What causes liver cancer?
      • What are the risk factors for liver cancer? Is liver cancer hereditary?
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      • How is liver cancer diagnosed?
      • How is liver cancer staged?
      • What is the medical treatment for liver cancer?
      • What is the follow-up after treatment for liver cancer?
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      • Can liver cancer be prevented?
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