This retrospective analysis was conducted to describe the characteristics of nucleoside-naïve hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive patients with chronic hepatitis B, who achieved hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) loss during entecavir or lamivudine therapy. HBeAg-positive adults with chronic hepatitis B, elevated serum alanine aminotransferase, and compensated liver disease were randomized to double-blind treatment for up to 96 weeks with entecavir 0.5 mgday or lamivudine 100 mgday. HBsAg and hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA were measured at regular intervals during and off-treatment follow-up. Through a maximum duration of 96 weeks on-treatment and 24 weeks off-treatment, HBsAg loss was confirmed in 18354 (5.1%) patients treated with entecavir and 10355 (2.8%) patients treated with lamivudine. Among the 28 patients with confirmed HBsAg loss, 27 (96%) achieved HBV DNA <300 copiesmL, and 27 (96%) achieved confirmed HBeAg loss. All entecavir recipients with HBsAg loss had HBV DNA <300 copiesmL. Caucasian patients, and those infected with HBV genotype A or D, were significantly more likely to lose HBsAg. This retrospective analysis of data from a randomized, global phase three trial shows that confirmed loss of HBsAg occurred in 5% of nucleoside-naïve HBeAg-positive patients treated with entecavir, and that HBsAg loss is associated with sustained off-treatment suppression of HBV DNA.

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Journal of Viral Hepatitis
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Gish, R. G., Chang, T. T., Lai, C. L., de Man, R., Gadano, A., Poordad, F., … Tamez, R. (2010). Loss of HBsAg antigen during treatment with entecavir or lamivudine in nucleoside-naïve HBeAg-positive patients with chronic hepatitis B. Journal of Viral Hepatitis, 17(1), 16–22. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2893.2009.01146.x