A 12-year-old teenager is brought into the emergency room with skin "turning yellow" and abdominal discomfort. The liver function tests reveal serum transaminase levels in the 2000 IU/L range. Which of the following is the most accurate statement about probable complications? (AIPG 2010)
|A||Significant likelihood of hepatocellular carcinoma|
|B||Almost no chance of long-term sequelae|
|C||About a 10 percent chance of a chronic carrier state|
|D||Long-term complications usually respond to alpha-interferon therapy|
This is most likely hepatitis A infection, which carries a very low chance of long-term sequelae.