Serological evidence of past hepatitis B infection in liver donor and hepatitis B infection in liver allograft

J. A. Lowell, T. K. Howard, S. Shenoy, H. M. White, D. C. Brennan, M. G. Peters, P. C. Huettner

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Abstract

The presence of hepatitis B surface and core antibodies (anti-HBs and anti-HBc) in a liver donor without hepatitis B surface antigen is taken to indicate resolution of hepatitis B and is not considered to contraindicate donation. We report a liver transplant recipient who developed hepatitis B after such a donation. It seems that hepatitis B virus can reside in the liver of a patient who has seemingly recovered from his disease. We recommend avoidance of liver transplants from donors who are positive for anti-HBs and anti-HBc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1084-1085
Number of pages2
JournalThe Lancet
Volume345
Issue number8957
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 29 1995
Externally publishedYes

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