Chapter 6.1. Pediatric Chronic Hepatitis B and C: 30 Years of ESPGHAN Clinical Research and Recommendations

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Abstract

The expression of hepatitis B and C virus infections in children differs from that in adults and requires specific paediatric expertise. The European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) has been a pioneer in this field, having stressed the need for straightforward recommendations since the mid-1980s. Following much observation, surveillance, and research, a panel of ESPGHAN experts was able to develop such recommendations on hepatitis B infection in children in 2009, which was then followed in June 2013 by proper guidelines. In the field of Chronic Hepatitis C, in 2011 ESPGHAN experts published also the Guidance for Clinical Trials for Children and Adolescents, and approved in 2012 the NASPGHAN guidelines for treatment. The ESPGHAN Society is to be commended for its pioneering work in furthering our understanding of chronic hepatitis B and C disease presentations in infants, children, and adolescents.

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