Chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis B surface antigen carriers in university students

The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
S Nakamura


A study was made of latent hepatic diseases in university students. 1.4% to 1.6% of the students were positive for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), and 10.3% for anti-HBs. Of 28 students with HBs-antigenemia, 2 had chronic persistent hepatitis, and 3 minimal hepatitis, 23 being healthy carriers. Hepatitis B e-antigen (HBeAg) was detected in 44% of the students with HBsAg, and anti-HBe in 13%. Anti-HBe was significantly more frequently found in female students with HBsAg than in male students. Though most of the students with HBsAg had high titer of antibody to hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc), there were a small number of cases showing low titer. HBsAg and anti-HBs was detected in the same serum specimens of 2 carrier students. Liver damage was also found in 3 students without HBs-antigenemia.


Jan 1, 1987·Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health·P Brown

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