E. Goeser, M.D.; M. B. Dahlke, M.D.; W. T. London, M.D., F.A.C.P.; A. J. Sutnick, M.D., F.A.C.P.; B. S. Blumberg, M.D., F.A.C.P.; J. R. Senior, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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A means was sought to reduce the high incidence of hepatitis after blood transfusion in patients at Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH). This was prompted by the finding that the incidence at PGH was many times greater than in patients observed concurrently at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Beginning in January 1969 donor units of blood were tested by immunodiffusion for Australia antigen (Au(1)) at both hospitals, so that units positive for Au(1) could be excluded. Before donor unit testing we had previously observed at PGH 10 cases of hepatitis in 56 recipients in 1963 and 13 cases
Goeser E, Dahlke MB, London WT, Sutnick AJ, Blumberg BS, Senior JR. Reduced Hepatitis After Blood Transfusion by Australia Antigen Testing of Donor Blood.. Ann Intern Med. ;74:834. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-834_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):834.
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