Viral Hepatitis

Course #54993 -


Liver failure is a primary cause of mortality and morbidity in the United States. Chronic viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver failure in this country and throughout the world. Six separate viral species, some with numerous subspecies, have been designated as the hepatitis viruses and are identified by the letters A, B, C, D, E, and G. Some of these viruses are associated with only acute liver disease while others are more commonly identified as causes of chronic liver disease. The classification, clinical presentation, and management of viral hepatitis are discussed. Emphasis is given to hepatitis C, now a treatable disorder and the most common cause of chronic hepatitis leading to cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and the need for liver transplantation.

Education Category: Infection Control / Internal Medicine
Release Date: 03/01/2021
Expiration Date: 02/29/2024

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This course is designed for dental professionals in all specialties.

Accreditations & Approvals

NetCE Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. 10/1/2015 to 9/30/2021 Provider ID #217994. NetCE is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Dentistry, Provider #50-2405. NetCE is a Registered Provider with the Dental Board of California. Provider Number RP3841. Completion of this course does not constitute authorization for the attendee to perform any services that he or she is not legally authorized to perform based on his or her license or permit type.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this activity for 5 continuing education credits. AGD Subject Code 148. This course meets the Dental Board of California's requirements for 5 unit(s) of continuing education. Dental Board of California course #05-3841-21320.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to provide dental professionals with a review of normal liver structure and function, common liver function tests used to assess liver disease, and an overview of the current diagnosis and management of primary viral hepatitis.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Outline the structure and function of the liver.
  2. Describe the common laboratory measures of liver function and select the appropriate tests to assess the nature and degree of hepatic injury in the patient who presents with hepatitis.
  3. Describe the classification of the various hepatitis viruses.
  4. Discuss the epidemiology, management, and prevention of hepatitis A and E.
  5. Identify the appropriate approach to diagnosis and management of hepatitis B and D, including a strategy for using selective serologic testing.
  6. Design a best practice approach to clinical staging and management of chronic hepatitis C infection.
  7. Discuss the current options for, and efficacy of, directed antiviral therapy of chronic hepatitis C.
  8. Educate patients on the role of liver transplan-tation in the treatment of end-stage liver disease, including benefits, limitations, and patient selection.


Kalynn Matisco, ARNP, PhD, received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Wallace College in Dothan, Alabama, her BSN from Troy State University, her Masters and Doctoral degrees from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her Nurse Practitioner education at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Matisco has practiced in a variety of settings, including obstetrics, medical-surgical, dialysis, critical care, nursing education, nursing research, and, most recently, infectious disease. She retired from the University of Florida Division of Infectious Disease and Global Medicine in 2018 and now practices in volunteer settings.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Kalynn Matisco, ARNP, PhD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

William E. Frey, DDS, MS, FICD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

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