Abstract Serial serum samples from 110 patients with acute viral hepatitis type B were tested for HBsAg/IgM complexes by a newly developed solid-phase radioimmunoassay. In 102 patients the infection resolved and they recovered from the disease. In these patients, HBsAg/IgM complexes were either absent from the outset of disappeared from serum within four weeks of admission, long before HBsAg had cleared or serum alanine aminotransferase had returned to normal, 8 patients progressed to chronic HBsAg carrier state and chronic liver disease. In these patients, HBsAg/IgM complexes were detectable in the serum on admission, and never disappeared. These results indicate that persistence of circulating complexes containing HBsAg and IgM after the early phase of acute viral hepatitis type B is a predictor of disease chronicity. As early as the fifth week of illness those in whom chronic liver disease developed could be distinguished from those who recovered.
Persistence of circulating HBsAg/IgM complexes in the acute viral hepatitis type B: an early marker of chronic evolution. / F. Caredda, R. de Franchis, A. d'Arminio Monforte, M. Vecchi, E. Rossi, M. Primignani, M. Palla, N. Dioguardi. - In: THE LANCET. - ISSN 0140-6736. - 2:8294(1982 Aug 14), pp. 358-360.
|Titolo:||Persistence of circulating HBsAg/IgM complexes in the acute viral hepatitis type B: an early marker of chronic evolution.|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/17 - Malattie Infettive|
|Data di pubblicazione:||14-ago-1982|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(82)90549-9|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|