Oral fluid and hepatitis A, B and C: A literature review

Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine, 04/25/2012

There is some evidence that hepatitis viruses A, B and C are present in oral fluids, particularly whole saliva and gingival crevicular fluid and may thus be possible sources of viral detection in clinical diagnosis and monitoring.

Methods

  • A literature search was conducted using PubMed (Medline), EMBASE/Excerpta medica, the Cochrane database and Scopus.
  • The results were limited to published material after 2000.
  • Relevant material was evaluated and reviewed.

Results

  • There is some evidence that hepatitis viruses A, B and C are present in oral fluids, particularly whole saliva and gingival crevicular fluid and may thus be possible sources of viral detection in clinical diagnosis and monitoring.

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