Seroclearance rate of hepatitis B surface antigen in 2,112 patients with chronic hepatitis in Japan during long-term follow-up
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Rate of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) seroclearance was determined in 2,112 Japanese patients with chronic hepatitis B who were followed up for at least 15 years.
Patients had a median age of 37 years and included 1,431 (67.8 %) men. Median values were AST/ALT, 43/62 IU/L; platelet counts, 182 × 103/mm3; HBsAg, 3,400 IU/mL; and hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA, 6.2 log copies/mL. Factors influencing HBsAg seroclearance were evaluated by the Cox proportional model and annual rate of HBsAg seroclearance by the Kaplan–Meier life table method.
The overall annual rate of HBsAg seroclearance was 1.75 % in 2,112 patients; it was 1.65 % in 1,130 untreated and 2.05 % in 982 treated patients (p = 0.289). In untreated patients, seroclearance was influenced by age, no HBV infections in third-degree or closer relatives, and HBsAg levels in univariate analysis. Seroclearance was influenced by a median age ≥50 years [relative risk (RR) 1.61 (p = 0.018)] and HBsAg ≤2,000 IU/mL [RR 1.77 (p = 0.014)] in multivariate analysis. In treated patients, age, male gender, no HBV infections in third-degree or closer relatives, interferon therapy, chronic hepatitis, high AST and γ-GTP levels, low platelet counts, hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-negative status, low HBsAg levels and the wild-type precore sequence significantly influenced HBsAg seroclearance. In multivariate analysis, no family history [RR 2.22 (p = 0.006)], interferon treatment [RR 3.15 (p < 0.001)], and HBeAg-negative status [RR 3.75 (p < 0.001)] significantly influenced HBsAg seroclearance.
In this retrospective cohort study, the annual rate of HBsAg seroclearance was 1.65 % in untreated patients and 2.05 % in treated patients.
KeywordsSeroclearance Hepatitis B surface antigen Hepatitis B virus Chronic hepatitis B
Hepatitis B e antigen
Hepatitis B core-related antigen
Hepatitis B virus
- HBV DNA
Hepatitis B virus DNA
Hepatitis B surface antigen