Associations between antibody to hepatitis B core antigen positivity and outcomes in hepatocellular carcinoma patients undergoing hepatic resection

Shinji Itoh, Tomoharu Yoshizumi, Takahiro Tomino, Akihisa Nagatsu, Takashi Motomura, Noboru Harada, Norifumi Harimoto, Toru Ikegami, Yuji Soejima, Yoshihiko Maehara

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Abstract

Aim: We aimed to evaluate the effect of antibody to hepatitis B core antigen (HBcAb) positivity on clinical outcomes after hepatic resection in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients with negative hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and hepatitis C virus antibody (HCVAb), termed non-B, non-C HCC (NBNC-HCC), or with HCV-related HCC. Methods: Two hundred and sixty-three patients who underwent hepatic resection for HCC and measurements of HBsAg, HCVAb, and HBcAb were enrolled in this study. Results: The percentages of HBcAb positivity were 52.3% (n = 57) and 56.9% (n = 66) in patients with NBNC- and HCV-related HCC, respectively. The proportion of multiple NBNC-HCCs was significantly greater in patients with HBcAb positivity compared to HBcAb negativity (P = 0.028). There were no significant differences in the recurrence-free and overall survival rates between NBNC-HCC patients with HBcAb positivity versus negativity (P = 0.461 and P = 0.190, respectively). Furthermore, for HCV-related HCC patients, there were no significant differences in the baseline factors between patients with positive versus negative HBcAb. The proportion of patients with HBcAb-positive HCV-related HCC who underwent anatomical resection of the liver was significantly greater than that of HBcAb-negative patients, whereas the recurrence-free and overall survival rates were not significantly different (P = 0.158 and P = 0.191, respectively). Conclusion: In our study, the presence of HBcAb had no impact on surgical outcomes after hepatic resection in patients with NBNB- and HCV-related HCC. Occult HBV infection might be associated with hepatocarcinogenesis in patients with NBNC-related HCC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E155-E161
JournalHepatology Research
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hepatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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