Pretreatment evaluation of chronic hepatitis B virus infection in the HIV-infected patient
- Kenneth E Sherman, MD, PhD
Kenneth E Sherman, MD, PhD
- Professor of Medicine
- University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
- Chloe L Thio, MD
Chloe L Thio, MD
- Professor of Medicine
- Johns Hopkins University
The era of potent antiretroviral therapy (ART) has led to declining rates of opportunistic infections and a new focus on other leading causes of morbidity, such as end-stage liver disease secondary to chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection .
HIV treatment guidelines generally recommend treatment for HBV among all HIV-infected patients, regardless of the CD4 cell count [2-5]. Among HIV/HBV coinfected patients, ART should include agents with dual activity against HIV and HBV.
The pretreatment evaluation of HBV in the HIV-infected patient will be reviewed here. The epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of HBV infection among HIV-infected patients are discussed separately. (See "Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of hepatitis B in the HIV-infected patient" and "Treatment of chronic hepatitis B in the HIV-infected patient" and "Prevention of hepatitis B virus infection in the HIV-infected adult".)
APPROACH TO EVALUATION
Most HIV-infected patients with chronic HBV will be treated for their HIV and HBV, regardless of the stage of liver disease or their level of immunosuppression (ie, CD4 cell count). (See "Treatment of chronic hepatitis B in the HIV-infected patient", section on 'Deciding whom to treat'.)
The pretreatment evaluation of such patients includes obtaining baseline markers of disease activity (used to monitor the response to therapy), information to determine which antiviral agents to use for HBV treatment, and information to assess for other causes of liver injury and complications of advanced liver disease (eg, varices, hepatocellular carcinoma).To continue reading this article, you must log in with your personal, hospital, or group practice subscription. For more information on subscription options, click below on the option that best describes you:
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- APPROACH TO EVALUATION
- BASELINE MARKERS OF DISEASE ACTIVITY
- Aminotransferase levels
- HBV DNA
- Hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) and hepatitis B e antibody (anti-HBe)
- INFORMATION NEEDED FOR DRUG SELECTION
- Kidney function
- Treatment history
- HBV resistance testing in some patients
- Hepatitis D antibody
- EVALUATION FOR OTHER CAUSES OF LIVER DISEASE
- Hepatitis C
- Hepatic steatosis
- Hepatotoxic medications
- SCREENING AND PREVENTION
- Stage of liver disease
- Hepatocellular carcinoma screening
- Hepatitis A screening
- Bone density screening
- SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS