Prevalence of delta-antibody among chronic hepatitis B virus infected patients in the Los Angeles area: its correlation with liver biopsy diagnosis

Gastroenterology. 1983 Jul;85(1):160-2.


The overall prevalence of delta-antibody among 80 patients with chronic infection of hepatitis B virus in the Los Angeles area was found to be 24%. Twenty-three patients had a histologic diagnosis of persistent hepatitis and 57 had chronic active hepatitis with or without cirrhosis. Only 1 patient among those with persistent viral hepatitis had delta-antibody, whereas 18 with chronic active hepatitis had delta-antibody in their sera (p less than 0.05).

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Viral / analysis*
  • Biopsy
  • California
  • Hepatitis B / epidemiology
  • Hepatitis B / immunology*
  • Hepatitis B Antibodies / analysis*
  • Hepatitis B Antigens
  • Hepatitis delta Antigens
  • Hepatitis, Chronic / epidemiology
  • Hepatitis, Chronic / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Liver / pathology


  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Hepatitis B Antibodies
  • Hepatitis B Antigens
  • Hepatitis delta Antigens