alexa Hepatitis B surface antigen quantification in chronic hepatitis B and its clinical utility.
Microbiology

Microbiology

Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals

Author(s): Hadziyannis E, Hadziyannis SJ

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Abstract Serum HBsAg levels have been quantified extensively in recent years with simple completely automated assays in the various phases of the natural course of chronic HBV infection, have been compared with cccDNA in the liver, with various markers of HBV replication and have been correlated with several viral, host and environmental variables. Low HBsAg levels in inactive carriers predict a spontaneous HbsAg loss. Quantification of HBsAg in serum at baseline and its decline under interferon-alfa based regimens, both in HBeAg-positive and HBeAg-negative CHB, provides important information on the prediction of sustained post-treatment outcomes and on subsequent HBsAg clearance. The value of HBsAg quantification in the monitoring of long term nucleos(t)ide analogue treatment of CHB and in the prediction of sustained response remains unclear. In this review, the most recent data regarding the overall clinical utility of HBsAg measurement in HBeAg-positive and -negative CHB and in their treatment, is critically presented. This article was published in Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals

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