Long term follow-up of non-symptomatic HBsAg carriers

A. González, V. Vargas, J. M. Hernández-Sánchez, M. Cortina, D. Pelegrí, J. C. López-Talavera, J. Genescá, R. Jardí, R. Esteban, J. Guardia

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232 asymptomatic HBsAg carriers were controlled between May/1986 and May/1990. The were detected in our blood bank between 1974 and 1976 or during pregnancy or delivery period after 1981. 23 of 232 (10%) became negative during the follow-up, this happening more frequently in carriers after 5 years of follow-up. Only 2 of 209 carriers with HBsAg were HBeAg positive and 1 of these was also DNA-VHB positive. None of the HBeAg negative carriers showed DNA-VHB; only 5 had increased transaminases. 7 were anti-VHC positive, these individuals experiencing more frequent increases in transaminases. The results of this study suggests that the determination of transaminases, viral activity markers, anti-HD, anti-VHC in HBsAg carriers are enough to identify those with hepatic disease.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-272
JournalAnales de medicina interna (Madrid, Spain : 1984)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1991


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