What are the ACOG and the USPSTF recommendations for routine prenatal screening for 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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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend routine prenatal screening for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) in all pregnant women—during every pregnancy—regardless of previous test results or vaccinations. [94, 95] Pregnant women at risk for hepatitis B infections should be specifically targeted for vaccination. [94] The risk of transmission of hepatitis B associated with amniocentesis is low.


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