Adherence to Lamivudine after an early withdrawal of hepatitis B immune globulin plays an important role in the long-term prevention of hepatitis B virus recurrence.
Buti M, Mas A, Prieto M, Casafont F, González A, Miras M, Herrero JI, Jardi R, Esteban R.
Lamivudine combined with hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIg) is the standard of care for preventing the recurrence hepatitis B virus after liver transplant. To determine the risk of hepatitis B virus (HBV) recurrence after early withdrawal of HBIg in patients receiving lamivudine maintenance therapy, 20 patients receiving a course of HBIg and lamivudine after transplantation and long-term maintenance therapy with lamivudine and 9 patients receiving HBIg and lamivudine indefinitely were analyzed. The survival rate was 90% after a mean follow-up of 83 months.
The HBV recurrence rate was 14% with a mean period of 91 months free from HBV recurrence. Both groups had similar HBV recurrence rates, 15% for the combination and 11% for lamivudine alone. Four patients, 3 of whom were noncompliant with therapy, experienced posttransplant HBV recurrence. Patients who adhere to long-term prophylaxis with lamivudine after early withdrawal of HBIg have a low risk of HBV recurrence, similar to those who receive combination prophylaxis.
CITATION Transplantation 2007 Sep 15;84(5):650-4