HBV-Infection and Pregnancy


pregnant women

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Matejko, H., & Matvisiv, M. (2017). HBV-Infection and Pregnancy. Galician Medical Journal, 24(3). https://doi.org/10.21802/gmj.2017.3.12


To date, the problem of HBV-infection in pregnant women remains relevant and one of the most important for medical science and health care, as it can be considered as a maternal-fetal infection.

The aim of the research is to investigate the course of HBV-infection in pregnant women, depending on the duration of the disease, the degree of viremia and the activity of hepatitis, taking into account gestational periods.

Materials and methods. The course of pregnancy in 142 women aged 18-35 years with HBV-infection was monitored. Serum markers and viral load (VL) of hepatitis B (HB) were determined, as well as the levels of ALT, AST, thymol test, serum bilirubin levels during each trimester of pregnancy.

Results. In pregnant women with HBV-infection, HBsAg-carriage was most often diagnosed, and the replication stages were less frequent (96 and 46, respectively).

Clinical picture of the immune-active phase of chronic HBV-infection was oligosymptomatic without violation of pigment metabolism and manifestations of mesenchymal-inflammatory reaction. The minimal degree of cytolysis prevailed, which did not depend on the degree of the viremia. In women with immune-tolerant phase of cytolysis during pregnancy was not observed.

In pregnant women with replication stage of HBV-infection and low degree of viremia, the VL increased at 1-2 log compared to the second and third trimesters, and in women with high viremia – at 2-3 log.

In most women-carriers of HBsAg moderate degree of viremia predominated, and in the rest – it was not determined. During the entire pregnancy, the immune-tolerant phase of chronic HBV-infection was latent and did not transform into the immune-active phase.

Conclusion. Thus, the diagnosis of chronic HBV-infection was verified before pregnancy in 2.8 %, and during pregnancy – in 97.2 % of women. Carriage of HBsAg prevailed in them (67.6 %), and replicative forms were registered in 32.4 % of patients. The peculiarity of replicative forms is subclinical (65.3 %) and asymptomatic (34.7 %) clinical course with low VL (˂ 105 copies/mL), which in most cases (91.3 %) increases before delivery at 1-2 log and is accompanied by low activity of hepatitis, without violation of pigment metabolism.




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