Which viral markers may be identified in the serum and the liver for acute hepatitis B (HBV) (Hep B)?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Several viral markers can be identified in the serum and the liver. Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) (marker of infectivity) are the first markers that can be identified in the serum in acute disease. Hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc) immunoglobulin M (IgM) follows.


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