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Hepatitis B reactivation in occult viral carriers undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: A prospective study.

Seto, Wai-Kay; Chan, Thomas Sau-Yan; Hwang, Yu-Yan; Wong, Danny Ka-Ho; Fung, James; Liu, Kevin Sze-Hang; Gill, Harinder; Lam, Yuk-Fai; Lau, Eric H Y; Cheung, Ka-Shing; Lie, Albert K W; Lai, Ching-Lung; Kwong, Yok-Lam; Yuen, Man-Fung.
Hepatology; 65(5): 1451-1461, 2017 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28027590
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation in hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-negative, antibody to hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc)-positive patients after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has not been prospectively studied. HBsAg-negative, anti-HBc-positive patients with undetectable HBV DNA undergoing allogeneic HSCT were prospectively monitored every 4 weeks. The primary endpoint was HBV reactivation, defined as detectable HBV DNA (≥10 IU/mL). Secondary endpoints included overall survival, HBsAg positivity, and changes in liver biochemistry and antibody to HBsAg levels. Among 297 allogeneic HSCT recipients, 85 (28.7%) were HBsAg-negative, anti-HBc-positive, of whom 62 were recruited and monitored for a median of 48 (4-104) weeks. The 2-year cumulative HBV DNA detectability rate was 40.8%, occurring at a median of 44 (8-100) weeks. Multivariate analysis showed that age ≥50 years (P = 0.004, hazard ratio = 8.2) and chronic graft-versus-host disease (P = 0.010, hazard ratio = 5.3) were significantly associated with HBV reactivation. Other clinical parameters, including baseline antibody to HBsAg status, serial changes in antibody to HBsAg levels, and donor serology, were not associated with HBV reactivation. Patients <50 years old and without chronic graft-versus-host disease, compared with the remaining patient cohort, had a significantly lower 2-year cumulative HBV reactivation rate (5.6% versus 65.0%, P = 0.004). Entecavir successfully suppressed HBV DNA to undetectable levels, with no cases developing biochemical hepatitis.


HBsAg-negative, anti-HBc-positive patients had a high rate of HBV reactivation after allogeneic HSCT, with determinants of HBV reactivation including age ≥50 years and chronic graft-versus-host disease; treatment strategies based on these parameters may prevent HBV reactivation and subsequent complications. ( identifier NCT01481649.) (Hepatology 2017;65:1451-1461).
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