Hepatitis B & C


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The A, B, Cs of Viral Hepatitis in the Biologic Era

How safe are new biologic agents in treating patients with hepatitis and rheumatic diseases?
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Incidence of hepatitis B virus reactivation in patients with resolved infection on immunosuppressive therapy for rheumatic disease: a multicentre, prospective, observational study in Japan

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Background Although the reactivation of hepatitis B virus (HBV) is recognised as a serious complication in patients with rheumatic disease (RD) receiving immunosuppressive drugs (ISDs), the incidence and risk factors for reactivation remain controversial. Objectives To investigate the incidence and…
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While biologic use did not significantly increase the risk of Hepatitis B reactivation, age above 68 conferred over 3 times the risk.  Methotrexate use reduced the risk by 60%, while steroid use increased it more than twice.

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