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Acta Médica Costarricense

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HIDALGO-CUADRA, Rodolfo. Alcohol and Hepatitis B Virus. Acta méd. costarric [online]. 2008, vol.50, suppl.3, pp.62-63. ISSN 0001-6002.

A high incidence rate of hepatitis B virus infection in alcoholics has been found. Evidence shows that HBV in patients that drink high dosages of alcohol (more than 60 gm/day) increases the development of chronic hepatic disease and carries higher risk to develop hepatocellular carcinoma. The management of these patients consists of vaccinating them against HBV and the suspension of alcohol intake

Keywords : hepatitis B; alcohol; alcoholism; hepatocarcinoma.

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