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High Prevalence of Gallbladder Involvement during Hepatitis: An Outbreak in a Paediatric Population


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1 Public Health and Infectious Diseases Department, Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
2 Public Health and Infectious Diseases Department, Sapienza, University of Rome, India
 

Acute hepatitis A (AHA) in children usually has generally benign course. In literature, there are several descriptions of gallbladder involvement in AHA, but there are few data on the pediatric population. Fifteen children living in a Romani camp or in the neighbourhoods with AHA were admitted. 57% of children who underwent abdomen ultrasounds showed a significant gallbladder involvement and none of the patients required further diagnostic exams or surgical evaluation. This high frequency of gallbladder involvement is not usually described in pediatric AHA. Furthermore, this is the first Italian AHA outbreak in Romani children population reported in medical literature.

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Gallbladder wall thickening, children, hepatitis A, outbreak, Romani population.
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S. Vita
Public Health and Infectious Diseases Department, Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
G. Tebano
Public Health and Infectious Diseases Department, Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
A. M. Rossomando
Public Health and Infectious Diseases Department, Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
A. De Rosa
Public Health and Infectious Diseases Department, Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
E. N. Cavallari
Public Health and Infectious Diseases Department, Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
E. Caraffa
Public Health and Infectious Diseases Department, Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
C. Ajassa
Public Health and Infectious Diseases Department, Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
V. Vullo
Public Health and Infectious Diseases Department, Sapienza, University of Rome, India

Abstract


Acute hepatitis A (AHA) in children usually has generally benign course. In literature, there are several descriptions of gallbladder involvement in AHA, but there are few data on the pediatric population. Fifteen children living in a Romani camp or in the neighbourhoods with AHA were admitted. 57% of children who underwent abdomen ultrasounds showed a significant gallbladder involvement and none of the patients required further diagnostic exams or surgical evaluation. This high frequency of gallbladder involvement is not usually described in pediatric AHA. Furthermore, this is the first Italian AHA outbreak in Romani children population reported in medical literature.

Keywords


Gallbladder wall thickening, children, hepatitis A, outbreak, Romani population.