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Table 2 Comparison of virological characteristics in 240 HBeAg-positive pregnant women and women with different reproductive history

From: Comparison of hepatitis B viral loads and viral antigen levels in child-bearing age women with and without pregnancy

  Nullipara (n = 54) Pregnancy
(n = 72)
Puerperant, 7–12 months postpartum (n = 60) Puerperant, 2–5 years postpartum (n = 54) p
Age (year) 25.0 (22.0–29.0) 23.8 (22.7–30.6) 25.6 (23.6–31.0) 28.9 (24.0–32.3)a < 0.05
HBV DNA, log IU/ml (min-max) 7.8 (1.6–9.0) 7.7 (1.7–8.9) 8.0 (1.6–9.2) 8.0 (2.9–9.1) 0.057
HBsAg, log IU/ml (min-max) 4.4 (2.8–5.0) 4.5 (2.7–5.9) 4.6 (2.2–5.4) 4.8 (1.9–5.4) 0.086
HBeAg, log S/CO
(min-max)
3.1 (0.7–3.3) 3.0 (1.4–3.3) 3.1 (0.7–3.2) 3.0 (1.2–3.5) 0.198
Genotypeb
 B (%) 18 (34.0) 24 (33.3) 25 (41.7) 16 (29.6) 0.579
 C (%) 35 (66.0) 48 (66.7) 35 (58.3) 38 (70.4)
  1. HBeAg hepatitis B e antigen, HBsAg hepatitis B surface antigen, HBV hepatitis B virus
  2. ap < 0.05 compared with the age of three other groups
  3. bHBV genotype was not determined in one woman in nullipara group due to the undetectability of HBV DNA