The recent advances in the laboratory diagnosis of hepatitis B have caused considerable confusion regarding what the various laboratory test results actually tell the physician. This article explains, in a nontechnical fashion, what the various test results mean. Included is a flowchart that explains, for general physicians, the interpretation of test results and the public health implications of serological findings as they relate to hepatitis B.
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