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Clin Geriatr Med. 2014 Feb;30(1):149-67. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2013.10.012.

Hepatitis B and C.

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Division of Hepatology, North Shore University Hospital, Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, 300 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030, USA. Electronic address:


Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are common predisposing factors leading to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Therapies for hepatitis B suppress viral replication and improve morbidity and mortality. Treatment and evaluation of hepatitis B should be similar in all age groups. This article discusses special topics related to hepatitis B and the elderly. Hepatitis C is a treatable disease whose treatment can lead to viral eradication. This article discusses key points regarding hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment in the context of new advances in disease staging and treatment, with special attention on hepatitis C infection in the elderly.


Antiviral therapy; Elderly; Hepatitis B; Hepatitis C; Interferon

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