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Cortisone & HBsAg!
Oct 10, 2005

Is it true that if someone who is positive for HBsAg takes cortisone for some time & then undergoes a test the HBsAg will be shown as negative! of course it turns positive again later!

Response from Dr. Dieterich

The cortisone will not turn the surface antigen negative, however it may actually cause a relapse of the hepatitis B disease if it was dormant. Any kind of immunosuppressive treatment can do that, like chemotherapy or kidney failure. Be careful, do not play with steroids like cortisone! Stay well! DTD

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