What are the genotypes hepatitis B (HBV) (Hep B)?

Updated: Jun 08, 2021
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Ten different genotypes (A through J), representing a divergence of the viral DNA of about 8%, have been identified. [19] The prevalence of the genotypes varies in different countries. The progression of the disease seems to be more accelerated and the response to treatment with antiviral agents is less favorable for patients infected by genotype C, compared with those infected by genotype B. However, much of this can be explained by the presence of core and precore mutations found in multivariate analysis. [20, 21]

It has been confirmed that the risk of HCC is related to higher HBV DNA levels in the serum, when DNA is present for longer periods—with an even higher risk if there is an increasing level of hepatitis B viral load, the presence of genotype C, and the presence of mutations in the precore and basal core promoter regions.

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