Tse-Ling Fong, MD; Evangelos A. Akriviadis, MD; Sugantha Govindarajan, MD; Boontar Valinluck, MS; Allan G. Redeker, MD
There is no way to identify which patients with acute hepatitis B infection will recover and which will become chronic carriers. Several studies (1-3) noted absence of serum hepatitis B viral DNA (HBV-DNA) in most patients with acute hepatitis B during the period of clinical symptoms. However HBV-DNA was consistently detectable in patients who became chronic carriers. Serum HBV-DNA was undetectable in acute fulminant hepatitis B, wherein survivors invariably clear hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) (4). Our retrospective study compared the course of serum HBV-DNA in patients with acute hepatitis B virus infection who cleared HBsAg within 6 months and
Fong T, Akriviadis EA, Govindarajan S, Valinluck B, Redeker AG. Serum Hepatitis B Viral DNA in Acute Viral Hepatitis B. Ann Intern Med. ;110:936–937. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-11-936
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(11):936-937.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Liver Disease, Viral Hepatitis.
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