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The Journal of Internal Korean Medicine 2015;36(4): 470-477.
한방병원의 건강검진 분석을 통한 대학생들의 B형간염 유병률과 간효소 이상의 유병률 특성
고흥, 김기태, 신선미
세명대학교 한의과대학 내과학교실
Prevalence of HBsAg Positive and Abnormal Hepatic Enzyme among College Students by Health Examination in a Korean Medicine Hospital
Heung Ko, Ki-tae Kim, Seon-mi Shin
Dept. of Internal Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Se-Myung University
Correspondence  Seon-mi Shin ,Tel: 043-649-1873, Fax: 043-649-1844, Email: bunggujy21@hanmail.net
Received: October 20, 2015,   Accepted: December 9, 2015,   Published online: December 31, 2015.
Given current vaccinations against the hepatitis B virus and changes in dietary lifestyles, the status of liver disorders, especially in the younger population, is different than it was in the past. This study aimed to discover the prevalence of the HBsAg positive and abnormal hepatic enzyme among college students.

The study analyzed the medical examinations of 2,646 college students that were performed at Semyung University from March to September 2013.

A total of 11 out of 2,646 students (0.4%) showed as positive for the hepatitis B antigen, while 23.8% of students had the serum HBs antibody. A total of 212 students (8.0%) showed abnormally elevated serum levels of ALT, with significant differences between men and women. The prevalence of the abnormal serum ALT and its average value significantly increased according to an increase of BMI score, especially in male students.

This study showed the importance of obesity as a causative factor in liver disorders, especially in the young generation. This finding will be useful for the development of therapeutics using Korean medicine in the future.
Key words: liver, heptic disorder, hepatitis B virus ALT, obesity
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