The influence of occult infection with hepatitis B virus on liver histology and response to interferon treatment in chronic hepatitis C patients.

@article{Silva2004TheIO,
  title={The influence of occult infection with hepatitis B virus on liver histology and response to interferon treatment in chronic hepatitis C patients.},
  author={Cl{\'a}udia Val{\'e}ria Cardim da Silva and Neiva Sellan Lopes Gonçales and Josiane Silveira Felix Pereira and Cec{\'i}lia Am{\'e}lia Fazio Escanhoela and Maria Helena Postal Pavan and Fernando Lopes Gonçales},
  journal={The Brazilian journal of infectious diseases : an official publication of the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases},
  year={2004},
  volume={8 6},
  pages={431-9}
}
Occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections have been identified in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, although the clinical relevance of occult HBV infection remains controversial. We searched for serum HBV DNA in 106 HBsAg negative/anti-HBc positive patients with chronic HCV infection and in 150 blood donors HBsAg negative/anti-HBc positive/anti-HCV negative (control group) by nested-PCR. HCV genotyping was done in 98 patients and percutaneous needle liver biopsies were… CONTINUE READING

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