Published in Hepatitis Weekly, January 24th, 2005
According to published research from Canada, "hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections continue to occur in adult hemodialysis units. A possible contributing factor is the presence of occult HBV (serum hepatitis B surface antigen [HBsAg] negative but HBV DNA positive). Two hundred forty-one adult hemodialysis patients were screened for occult HBV."
"HBV DNA testing was performed by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with two independent primer sets (core promoter and surface). Two (0.8%) of the 241 patients were HBsAg positive," reported G.Y. Minuk and colleagues, University of...
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