|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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