Occult hepatitis B virus infection is associated with the development of hepatocellular carcinoma in chronic hepatitis C patients.

@article{Squadrito2006OccultHB,
  title={Occult hepatitis B virus infection is associated with the development of hepatocellular carcinoma in chronic hepatitis C patients.},
  author={Giovanni Squadrito and Teresa Pollicino and Irene Cacciola and Gaia Caccamo and Daniela Villari and Tiziana La Masa and Tea Restuccia and Eugenio Cucinotta and Claudio Scisca and Domenico Magazz{\`u} and Giovanni Raimondo},
  journal={Cancer},
  year={2006},
  volume={106 6},
  pages={1326-30}
}
BACKGROUND Occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection frequently occurs in patients with HBV surface antigen (HBsAg)-negative chronic liver disease, and much evidence suggests that it is a risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development. However, to the authors' knowledge, no follow-up study has been performed to date evaluating HCC occurrence over… CONTINUE READING