Natural History of Chronic Hepatitis B Infection
Last updated: February 22, 2013
A 32-year-old Chinese American woman whose mother was born in China presents to clinic. Her mother was recently informed she had chronic hepatitis B, so the patient asks to be tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV). Results from her hepatitis B testing and liver aminotransferase levels are as follows:
Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg): positive
The provider elects to measure repeat aminotransferase levels in 3 months time. At that point, both the ALT and the AST are within the normal range.
Which of the following describes the phase of this patient’s hepatitis B infection and what should be done?