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I’ve identified a patient in my obstetrical practice who is HBsAg positive. Should she be evaluated for liver disease during her pregnancy, or should the evaluation wait until the postpartum period? What should I recommend for her husband and her children? How urgent is the time frame?

The earlier the evaluation is done, the better. Consultation with or referral to a liver disease specialist (such as a hepatologist, gastroenterologist, or infectious disease specialist) should be done. The consulting/referral physician should be aware of the patient’s obstetrical status. In addition, the patient’s sex partner and children or other household contacts should be tested for HBV infection (total anti-HBc and HBsAg) as soon as possible. If any are susceptible to HBV infection (total anti-HBc and HBsAg negative), they should be vaccinated. If any are HBsAg positive, they should be referred to or have consultation with a liver disease specialist.

Last reviewed: July 21, 2023

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