Positive hepatitis B surface antigen after vaccination in a newborn
Keywords:Hepatitis B surface antigen, Hepatitis B virus, Vaccination
Hepatitis B vaccination is included in the Portuguese national health plan. Vaccine-induced hepatitis B surface antigen positivity is described in literature, leading to diagnostic errors if the serological test is prematurely performed after vaccination. We report the case of a false positive transient B surface antigenemia in a premature baby born from a hepatitis B vaccinated mother. Caution is required when seropositivity is found after administration of hepatitis B vaccine in order to avoid anxiety in parents and unnecessary exams.
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