Molecular diagnosis of hepatitis B virus

Molecular Diagnosis Viral Hepatitis

Clinical applications of hepatitis B virus DNA assays The diagnosis of acute and chronic HBV infection can be made using the serologic tests described previously. However, the ability to perform quantitative tests in serum for HBV DNA is useful in several settings 1 to diagnose some cases of acute HBV infection 2 to distinguish replicative from non-replicative chronic HBV infection and 3 to monitor a patient's response to antiviral therapy. Determination of the HBV genotype will likely be used...