, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp 552-567
Date: 06 Dec 2004

Viral Diseases of the Liver in Children: Diagnostic and Differential Diagnostic Considerations

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Abstract

This review summarizes the general histologic features of acute and chronic hepatitides and highlights those morphologic findings that may suggest or be diagnostic of a specific agent or etiology. The main epidemiologic, clinical, and pathologic features of the hepatotropic viruses are discussed, with an emphasis on pediatric studies and the differential diagnosis of hepatitis in childhood.