What long-term monitoring is needed for individuals with inactive chronic hepatitis B virus (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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Individuals with inactive chronic infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) should have routine blood tests at least annually to check their aminotransferase levels. Patients with chronic active hepatitis should also undergo blood tests (ie, to evaluate aminotransferase levels, antigen-antibody HBV profile, viral load, and alpha-fetoprotein [AFP] levels). In rare cases, patients may be considered for liver biopsy.


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