J Korean Ophthalmol Soc.  1992 Aug;33(8):739-744.

A Study on Hepatitis B Surface Antigen in Tear of Hepatitis Patients

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, College of Medicine, Chungnam National University, Taejon, Korea.
  • 2Dr. Seong's Eye Clinic, Yongmonn-dong, Taejoin, Korea.

Abstract

We performed the radioimmunoassay to detect the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) in the tear. Among 70 patients who have positive reactions for HBsAg in blood, 53 patients (75.71 %) were positive for HBsAg in tear. Among the various groups of hepatitis, the most positive reaction for HBsAg in tear was higher in serum HBeAg positive group (92.68%) than in serum HBeAg negative group (51.72%). So we emphasize the possibility of transmission of hepatitis B virus infection via tear.

Keyword

HBsAg; Hepatitis; Radioimmunoassay; Tear; Transmission

MeSH Terms

Hepatitis B e Antigens
Hepatitis B Surface Antigens*
Hepatitis B virus
Hepatitis B*
Hepatitis*
Humans
Radioimmunoassay
Tears*
Hepatitis B Surface Antigens
Hepatitis B e Antigens
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