Frequency and significance of delta antibody in acute and chronic hepatitis B. A United States experience.


Of 560 hepatitis B surface antigen-positive patients who were tested for antibody to hepatitis delta-antigen by blocking radioimmunoassay, 29 (5%) were seropositive. Patients with chronic active hepatitis had a greater frequency of seropositivity than those with chronic persistent hepatitis (26% vs. 0%, p less than 0.05), and patients with symptomatic… (More)