Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)
For most acute Hepatitis
B patients infected with the Hepatitis B virus, a few months of adequate
rest and a healthy diet will return the liver functions and liver enzymes
in the blood to normal. This does not necessarily mean that the patient
is cured: some become chronic carriers and in these the virus still exists
in the liver cells and/or the blood.
Some chronic carriers ("Healthy" carriers) appear to be well, and may not even know they are infected, perhaps having acquired the virus at birth from their mothers. Others, chronic active Hepatitis B patients, do become ill from time to time.In addition to monitoring liver enzyme levels in the blood, the patient's state of infection can be accurately determined by evaluating blood test for the following serum markers: HBeAg, HBeAb, HBsAg, and HBV-DNA