publication . Article . 2013

Hepatitis B Envelope Antigen (HBeAg) Antiginemia and the Development of Hepatocellular Diseases (HCDs): A Case Study of Kano-Nigeria

D. W. Taura; A. Hassan; M. Dahiru; A. M. Yayo; H. Takalmawa;
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  • Published: 11 Aug 2013 Journal: Greener Journal of Biological Sciences, volume 3, pages 276-281 (eissn: 2276-7762, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Greener Journals
Abstract
The presence of hepatitis B envelope antigen (HBeAg) in serum indicates active viral replication in the Hepatocyte. HBeAg is thus a surrogate marker for the presence of hepatitis B virus (HBV). To determine the relationship between the positivity for HBsAg, HBeAg and development of hepatocellular diseases (HCDs). Two hundred (200) blood samples each of which were HBsAg-seropositive amongst patients attending Aminu Kano teaching hospital Kano, Nigeria, between April and November 2012, were tested for HBeAg using HBV combo kits (Cortez diagnostics). The status of HCDs was ascertained by some specific liver enzyme tests, which include alanine aminotransferase (ALT)...
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Medical Subject Headings: digestive system diseasesvirus diseasesviruses
free text keywords: Hepatitis, Antigen, Liver, Hepatocellular, Diseases, Serum, Blood, Antigen, Immunology, Alkaline phosphatase, Prevalence, Medicine, business.industry, business, HBeAg, Hepatitis B virus, medicine.disease_cause, HBsAg, Liver disease, medicine.disease, Hepatitis B
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