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Tulek N, Ozsoy M, Moroglu C, Cagla Sonmezer M, Temocin F, Tuncer Ertem G, Sebnem Erdinc F. Seroprevalence of Hepatitis A Virus Antibodies among the Patients with Chronic Hepatitis B in Turkey. Euroasian J Hepatogastroenterol 2015; 5 (2):95-97.
Background: Hepatitis A virus (HAV) can cause significant pathology in patients with chronic hepatitis
B virus (HBV), however, HAV can be prevented by vaccination. The aim of this study was to determine
the implication of vaccination against HAV vaccine in patients with chronic hepatitis B.
Materials and methods: The seroprevalence of anti-HAV IgG antibodies was investigated in the patients
with chronic hepatitis B. Anti-HAV IgG antibodies were detected by commercially available ELISA kit.
Results: A total of 673 patients (354 males, 319 females with age range of 17–78 years) with chronic
hepatitis B were included the study. Hepatitis A virus seropositivity rate was 34% in the patients younger
than 20 years, 79% in the age group of 20 to 29 years, and 100% after 35 years of age.
Discussion: Hepatitis A virus vaccination may be recommended for young adult patients with chronic
hepatitis B in Turkey.
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