Prolonged hepatitis due to hepatitis A virus infection in children
21 July 2007
19 October 2007
28 July 2015 (online)
Hepatitis A virus infection may remain asymptomatic, especially in children, or it may cause acute self- limiting hepatitis of few weeks duration. Rarely, it may also cause fulminant hepatitis or relapsing hepatitis or prolonged cholestasis of few months duration. We describe five children admitted to a tertiary care centre with features of acute severe hepatitis due to hepatitis A virus infection who on follow up for 6 months showed persistent biochemical abnormalities. We also review the existing literature on prolonged hepatitis A virus infection.