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Infection. 2013 Feb;41(1):225-9. doi: 10.1007/s15010-012-0305-y. Epub 2012 Aug 2.

Transient reactivation of occult hepatitis B virus infection despite lamivudine prophylaxis in a patient treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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  • 1Department of Public Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, Second University of Naples, Via L. Armanni 5, 80131, Naples, Italy.


A female patient with non-Hodgkin lymphoma who tested positive for surface antigen of the hepatitis B virus and negative for hepatitis B core antibody experienced a reactivation of occult HBV infection 20 months after rituximab discontinuation despite lamivudine prophylaxis covering the 4 months of rituximab administration and the subsequent 12 months.

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