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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Jolanta Marszalek, M.D. [2]

Overview

For the majority of patients with acute and chronic hepatitis B (HBV), the physical examination is normal.[1]

Physical Examination

The aim of the initial physical examination is to check for signs of chronic liver disease, which include the following:[1]

Skin

HEENT

Abdomen

Extremities

Neurologic

Extrahepatic Manifestations

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Refer to the Cirrhosis image gallery for images of the physical findings listed above.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rotman Y, Brown TA, Hoofnagle JH (2009). "Evaluation of the patient with hepatitis B.". Hepatology. 49 (5 Suppl): S22–7. PMC 2881483Freely accessible. PMID 19399815. doi:10.1002/hep.22976. 
  2. Vilstrup H, Amodio P, Bajaj J, Cordoba J, Ferenci P, Mullen KD; et al. (2014). "Hepatic encephalopathy in chronic liver disease: 2014 Practice Guideline by the American Association for the Study Of Liver Diseases and the European Association for the Study of the Liver.". Hepatology. 60 (2): 715–35. PMID 25042402. doi:10.1002/hep.27210. 
  3. Han SH (2004). "Extrahepatic manifestations of chronic hepatitis B.". Clin Liver Dis. 8 (2): 403–18. PMID 15481347. 

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