Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B (HBV) is a viral infection of the liver.

In the acute form, acquired in adulthood it is a cause of jaundice, flu like symptoms and feeling generally very unwell. This form of the illness is usually self limiting and treatment is not required but it can be very severe, even life threatening so properexpert assessment is needed.

In some people a chronic (long term) infection developes which can cause a gradual accumulation of scar tissue within the liver eventually leading to cirrhosis and its complications. 

Treatments are available and effective to control and or erradicate the virus. Dr Mark Wright, our Hepatologist, has extensive experience of treating Hepatitis B both at Spire and Southampton General Hospital, and has also been the principal investigator for a number of HBV clinical trials.