Hepatitis Delta Virus

  • Author: Mario Rizzetto, MD (More Info)
  • Editor In Chief: Stefan Zeuzem, MD
  • Last Reviewed: 6/1/18 (What's New)

Summary

  • Most cases of acute HBV/HDV coinfection resolve due to clearance of HBV, removing the environment in which HDV viremia can persist
  • HDV superinfection on a prior HBV infection typically becomes chronic
  • Coinfection can be distinguished from superinfection by serologic testing: alongside HDV RNA or anti-HD, markers of HBV replication are present in coinfection but often absent in superinfection

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