To help improve hepatitis B-related outcomes during and after pregnancy, a workshop was convened on March 10-11, 2010, by the Hepatitis B Foundation, in which prominent practitioners in primary care medicine, maternal and fetal medicine, and hepatology reviewed existing evidenced-based guidelines and reports and designed an easy-to-use algorithm to aid specialized obstetrical care providers, as well as other primary care providers who may be the main point of contact for a pregnant patient, in evaluating and managing pregnant women who screen positive for hepatitis B.
This is the second part of a 2-part article. The first part, published in the April issue, described hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in the general population, screening for HBV, and the natural history and management of chronic HBV infection. (The Female Patient. 2012;37:22-27.)