Sergio Acchiardo, M.D.; Richard Garibaldi, M.D.; Thomas White Jr., M.D.; James G. Johnson, M.D.; Kira Stern, M.D.; Fred E. Hatch, M.D.
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Viral hepatitis is a major risk both to staff and patients in hemodialysis units; only sporadic cases have been diagnosed in the families of dialysis patients. In 421 persons caring for home dialysis patients only 1 case was reported. (National Cooperative Study, 1969).
Five of 15 asymptomatic patients had elevations of serum glutamic-oxalacetic transaminase (SGOT) greater than 100 Sigma-Frankel units and positive hepatitis-associated antigen. Secondary spread of hepatitis occurred among the family and contacts of one of these patients. During his home dialysis training his wife sustained a needle puncture and 2 months later developed hepatitis, with a prodromal urticarial
Acchiardo S, Garibaldi R, White T, Johnson JG, Stern K, Hatch FE. Risk of Hepatitis to Families of Hemodialysis Patients.. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:830. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-830_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):830.
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