Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts - nontumor
Viral hepatitis
Hepatitis G virus

Topic Completed: 1 May 2012

Revised: 23 January 2019, last major update May 2012

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PubMed Search: Hepatitis G virus[TI] liver[TI]

Komal Arora, M.D.
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Cite this page: Arora K. Hepatitis G virus. website. Accessed April 3rd, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Also called GBV-C virus
  • RNA virus that, like HCV, is member of Flaviviridae family
  • Accounts for 10% of non A - E hepatitis
  • Identified in 1.5% of blood donors with normal ALT
  • Spreads via transfusion, IV drug use, multiple sexual partners
  • 10% have coexisting HBV, 20% have coexisting HCV
  • May be "passenger" virus; does not appear to be significant cause of hepatitis by itself or to alter clinical outcome of patients with HBV or HCV
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