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Occult Hepatitis B virus Infection among Anti-HBc only Positive Individuals in the Southeast of Iran in high prevalence of HBV Infection Region

AUTHORS

Batool Sharifi-Mood 1 , * , E Sanei-Moghaddam 2 , I Ghasem-Zadeh 2 , S Khosravi 2

AUTHORS INFORMATION

1 Research Center for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Boo-Ali Hospital,Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, batoolsharifi@yahoo.com, Iran

2 Research Center of Blood Transfusion Organizations, Iran

How to Cite: Sharifi-Mood B, Sanei-Moghaddam E, Ghasem-Zadeh I, Khosravi S. Occult Hepatitis B virus Infection among Anti-HBc only Positive Individuals in the Southeast of Iran in high prevalence of HBV Infection Region, Iran Red Crescent Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 11(1):90-92.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 11 (1); 90-92
Article Type: Brief Report
Received: December 4, 2007
Accepted: August 8, 2008

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Abstract

Background: The persistence of HBV-DNA in the serum of hepatitis B surface antigen negative individuals with or without the presence of HBV antibodies is termed occult HBV infection.

 

Methods: From April 2005 to November 2006, we evaluated 110 patients who had only a positive test for anti-HBc.

 

Results: Out of 110 anti-HBc positive samples, HBV-DNA was detected in three cases. Positive samples for HBV-DNA had a level normal of ALT.

 

Conclusion: HBV-DNA can be detected among anti-HBc only positive samples. Therefore, further testing for detection of HBV-DNA is recommended on each anti-HBc only positive individual.

 

Keywords

Hepatitis B Virus infection HBV-DNA Anti-HBc Iran

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