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Relationship between serum Hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA levels and HBe Ag status in patientswith Hepatitis B virus infection

Veenu Gupta, Deepinder Kaur, Vandana Kaushal

Keywords : Hepatitis B, HBV–DNA, HBe Ag, Real time-PCR

Citation Information : Gupta V, Kaur D, Kaushal V. Relationship between serum Hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA levels and HBe Ag status in patientswith Hepatitis B virus infection. J Gastrointest Infect 2012; 2 (1):43-45.

DOI: 10.5005/jogi-2-1-43

License: CC BY-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Background: Hepatitis B is one of the most common types of viral hepatitis in the world. For the last thirty years, only serological markers and liver function test have been utilized to monitor the disease progression and treatment response until the emergence of molecular detection methods. Hepatitis B V DNA quantitation is used extensively world wide for the diagnosis andmonitoring of treatment of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The aim of this study was to quantitate HBV–DNA by Real time PCR method and to compare the results with HBe Ag detection in Hepatitis B patients. Material and Methods: Seventy one serumsamples of patients with hepatitis (all HBs Ag positive) were the subjects of this study. Serum HBV DNA of all these samples was detected by COBAS Taq Man real time PCR and HBe Ag by ELISA. Results: Amongst Hepatitis B group patients, serum HBV DNA was detected in 61 out of 71 patients (85.9%). HBe Ag was positive in 21% of patients (15/71). Majority of the HBe Ag positive patients had a significantly higher serum HBV DNA levels than HBe Ag negative patients. Conclusion: HBe Ag status did not necessarily reflect HBV-DNA level in the serum, as 46/71 (64.7%) in the Hepatitis B group were positive for HBV DNA but negative for HBe Ag.

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