Case Report

Entecavir Therapy in a Hepatitis B-Related Decompensated Cirrhotic Patient

Authors: Badar Muneer, MD, Giuliano Testa, MD, J M. Millis, MD, Smruti R. Mohanty, MD, MS


A 58-year-old Arab-American male with HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B (HBV), presented with decompensated cirrhosis and a high HBV DNA level. He responded to entecavir with a significant reduction in serum HBV DNA level after 15 weeks of therapy with entecavir. However, he developed a progressive rise in prothrombin time/international normalized ratio (PT/ INR) and bilirubin and underwent liver transplantation after receiving 22 weeks of entecavir therapy. Furthermore, with the continued use of combination entecavir and hepatitis B immunoglobulins (HBIG), he showed improvement in his clinical status with a nondetectable serum HBV DNA level 12 weeks after transplantation. He continued to maintain nondetectable serum HBV DNA 2 years following transplantation. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a patient with decompensated chronic HBV who responded to entecavir both before and after transplantation without showing any evidence of recurrent HBV. Larger clinical trials are recommended to compare both short-term and long-term efficacy using entecavir among nucleoside-naïve decompensated chronic HBV patients before and after liver transplantation.

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