JEAN-PIERRE CAPRON, M.D.; ARSENE PAPAZIAN, M.D.; JEAN-LOUIS DUPAS, M.D.; PHILIPPE DANIEL, M.D.
To the editor: Merrill, Farris, and Rounds (Ann Intern Med 87:120, 1977) claimed to have isolated for the first time hepatitis B (HBs) antigen from a pleural effusion complicating a case of acute hepatitis. However two other cases of HBs antigen in pleural fluid have already been reported by De Flora and Forci (1) and Cocchi and Silenzi (2). Furthermore, since the authors did not give any details of the technique used to collect the pleural fluid, it is difficult to exclude the possibility of contamination of this fluid with HBs-positive blood. We wish to report the following case.
CAPRON J, PAPAZIAN A, DUPAS J, DANIEL P. Hepatitis B Antigen in Pleural Effusion and Ascitic Fluids. Ann Intern Med. ;87:633–634. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-5-633
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(5):633-634.
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