Evaluation of in vitro screening and diagnostic kits for hepatitis B virus infection.


Department of Virology II, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan. Electronic address: [Email]


For the diagnosis of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, the detection and quantification of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and HBV DNA are used. Several kits are available for this purpose, and there is a growing need for the evaluation of these kits because their performance may be affected by HBV genotype- or strain-specific polymorphisms.


Diagnostics,Genotype,HBV,HBV DNA,HBsAg,

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