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Common hepatitis E exam questions for medical student finals, OSCEs and MRCP PACES


Question 1.

How does Hepatitis E present?

  • Mostly presents as an acute viral infection similar to Hepatitis A (see Hep A)
  • Can progress to chronic infection, especially in immunocompromised individuals (solid-organ transplant recipients are particularly at risk)


Question 2.

What is the prognosis of Hepatitis E?

  • Usually a self-limiting disease with a good prognosis
  • However, it has an overall mortality of 2%
  • Pregnant women who contract HEV have a mortality of 20%, especially if infected in the 3rd trimester


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