ALAN B. MILLER, M.D.; DAVID M. WAGGONER, M.D.
To the editor: The association of heart disease with infectious hepatitis is well known, but recent reviews (1, 2) fail to mention any relation of cardiac disease to hepatic disease associated with hepatitis B antigen (HB Ag). The presence of HB Ag correlates with long incubation or serum hepatitis. We recently saw two patients with documented cardiac abnormalities and HB Ag.
Patient K.A., a 42-year-old white man, was admitted to Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital with a 2-week history of nausea, dark urine, anorexia, an 8-lb weight loss, and diffuse joint pain. He denied any history of previous heart disease, transfusions,
MILLER AB, WAGGONER DM. Cardiac Disease, Hepatic Disease, and Hepatitis B Antigen. Ann Intern Med. ;79:276. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-2-276_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(2):276.
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