Management of chronic hepatitis B in childhood: ESPGHAN clinical practice guidelines
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Last updated:1st Oct 2013
Treatment of CHB in childhood has been hampered by the chronic delay in licensing new drugs for pediatric use. Safe and effective antiviral therapies are available in adults, but few are labeled for the use in children, and an accurate selection of whom to treat and the identification of the right timing for treatment are needed to optimize response and reduce the risk of antiviral resistance. Although several guidelines on the management of adult patients with CHB have been published by major international societies, the clinical approach to infected children is still evolving, and is mostly based on consensus of expert opinion.