Korean J Med.  2014 Dec;87(6):747-749. 10.3904/kjm.2014.87.6.747.

Spontaneous Clearance of Hepatitis B Surface Antigenemia in a Hemodialysis Patient

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  • 1Department of Nephrology, Dongrae BongSeng Hospital, Busan, Korea. 59356815@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Gastroenterology, Dongrae BongSeng Hospital, Busan, Korea.

Abstract

The incidence of hepatitis B has been reported to be high in dialysis centers. Dialysis patients are at increased risk of acquiring hepatitis B due to their immunodeficient state, which impairs elimination of the hepatitis B virus; chronic dialysis patients rarely clear hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) spontaneously. Hepatitis B virus infection is associated with a high risk of hepatic complications. We report the case of a 66-year-old HBsAg-positive female patient who had undergone hemodialysis for 58 months due to end-stage renal failure and became HBsAg-negative followed by the development of hepatitis B surface antibody.

Keyword

Hemodialysis; Hepatitis B; Hepatitis B surface antigen
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