Clinical DescriptionPersons with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection may be asymptomatic. They may have no evidence of liver disease or may have a spectrum of disease ranging from chronic hepatitis to cirrhosis or liver cancer.
Laboratory Criteria For Diagnosis
- Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positive, total hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc) positive (if done) and immunoglobulin M (IgM) anti-HBc negative, OR
- HBsAg positive two times at least 6 months apart.
ConfirmedA case that is laboratory confirmed.
1. Division of Viral Hepatitis. Guidelines for Viral Hepatitis Surveillance and Case Management. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. January 2005.