Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B viral infections cause liver inflammation and damage, including cirrhosis. Cirrhosis prevents the liver from working properly. The hepatitis B virus spreads through contact with an infected person’s blood, semen, or other body fluids. The hepatitis B vaccine protects people from getting the infection.

Symptoms

Symptoms of hepatitis B vary and might include yellowing of the eyes, abdominal pain and dark urine. But some people might not show any symptoms at all. 

Treatment(s)

Depending on how serious a viral infection is and how much the liver is inflamed, you may need antiviral medication. We provide state-of-art medical care using laboratory testing and imaging such as FibroScan® to study the condition of the liver. Our on-site pharmacists work quickly to get approval from each patient’s health insurance plan when antiviral medication is necessary. We also provide interpreter services, if needed.

If you have advanced or complex liver disease, we coordinate and work with specialists from hepatobiliary surgery, radiation and medical oncology and interventional radiology. If we feel that you need a liver transplant, we will perform a liver transplantation evaluation and refer you to the regional or out-of-state Liver Transplant Program through an expedited referral process.

For more information about Hepatitis B visit www.cdc.gov/knowhepatitisB/
 

Programs + Services


Liver Center

Tuft's Center for Liver Disease specializes in treating liver disease, such as cirrhosis, fatty liver, viral hepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis and primary sclerosing cholangitis.
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Doctors + Care Team

David Lee, MD

David Lee, MD

Title(s): Advanced Hepatology Fellow
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-9292

Chronic liver diseases, viral hepatitis, fatty liver diseases, autoimmune and hereditary liver disorders

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Raffi Karagozian, MD

Raffi Karagozian, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Hepatologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-4505

Transplant hepatology, Hepatitis C

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Raza Malik, MD, PhD

Raza Malik, MD, PhD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Director, Hepatology; Associate Chief, Division of Gastroenterology; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
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Acute Liver Failure, Liver Transplantation, General Hepatology

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