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Journal of the Korean Society of Neonatology 2010;17(1):123-126.
Published online May 1, 2010.
Symptomatic Hepatitis A Virus Infection in a Newborn.
Jang Yong Jin, Ye Seul Hong, Woo Ryoung Lee
Department of Pediatrics, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea. neolee@hosp.sch.ac.kr
증상을 동반한 신생아 A형 간염
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Abstract
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection is a common cause of acute hepatitis, but is rarely responsible for neonatal hepatitis. HAV infection is usually transmitted by the fecal-oral route, but during the neonatal period can be transmitted by the intrauterine vertical route or postnatal horizontal route. HAV infection is usually self-limited, but it can be potentially life-threatening in adults. The clinical course and symptoms are mild and the infection can be asymptomatic in newborns. Recently, we experienced a case of symptomatic neonatal hepatitis A. To our knowledge, this is the first case of neonatal hepatitis with HAV infection in Korea.
Key Words: Hepatitis A virus, Newborn, Korea
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