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Korean J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2008 Mar;11(1):1-11. Korean.
Published online Mar 31, 2008.
Copyright © 2008 The Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Consulting about Chronic Hepatitis B: Focusing onCommon Errors of Internet Website in Korea
Byung Ho Choe
Department of Pediatrics, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.

Comprehensive understanding of the natural course of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is mandatory for the management and treatment of chronic hepatitis B, of which the natural course consists of immune tolerance, immune clearance, inactive carrier state, and reactivation phase. Evidence based medical approach is essential for the management of HBV carriers and treatment of active hepatitis to decrease risks of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma as well as to increase survival. In addition, education of patients or their parents are required to achieve a better therapeutic outcome and to prevent unconfirmed alternative medicine and anecdotal approaches.

Keywords: Chronic hepatitis B; Hepatitis B virus; Treatment