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Screening and Prophylaxis to Prevent Hepatitis B Reactivation: Transplant Recipients.

Sasadeusz J, Grigg A, Hughes PD, Lee Lim S, Lucas M, McColl G, McLachlan SA, Peters MG, Shackel N, Slavin M, Sundararajan V, Thompson A, Doyle J, Rickard J, De Cruz P, Gish RG, Visvanathan K
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia; University of Melbourne, Grattan Street, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia. Electronic address: [email protected]


Organ transplantation is a lifesaving procedure for many patients. To prevent rejection or graft-versus-host disease, recipients require long-term immunosuppression. In patients who have ever been exposed to hepatitis B, it is possible for reactivation to occur; this includes patients who are anti-hepatitis B core antibody-positive only or both anti-hepatitis B core antibody-positive and hepatitis B surface antibody-positive. The susceptibility to this varies with the nature of the transplant. Hepatitis B can be transmitted from donor to recipient. It is important to assess the hepatitis B status and formulate a strategy to prevent transmission and prevent reactivation.

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  • Journal: Clinics in Liver Disease
  • Published: 01/08/2019
  • Volume: 23
  • Issue: 3
  • Pagination: 493-509