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Brief Report
April 15, 1983

Laboratory Diagnosis of Hepatitis B

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Hepatitis and Viral Enteritis, Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control, Public Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services, Phoenix. Dr Ahtone is now with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver.

JAMA. 1983;249(15):2067-2069. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330390071037

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.

(JAMA 1983;249:2067-2069)