Viral hepatitis in the elderly

Andres F. Carrion, Paul Martin

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Abstract

As life expectancy continues to rise, elderly adults represent a rapidly growing proportion of the population. The likelihood of complications of acute and chronic liver disease and overall mortality are higher in elderly populations. Several physiological changes associated with aging, greater prevalence of co-morbid conditions, and cumulative exposure to hepatotropic viruses and environmental hepatotoxins may contribute to worse outcomes of viral hepatitis in the elderly. Although pharmacotherapy for hepatitis B and C continues to evolve, the efficacy, tolerability, and side effects of these agents have not been studied extensively in elderly adults. Immunization against hepatitis A and B in naïve elderly adults is an important public health intervention that needs to be revised and broadened.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)691-697
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume107
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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