JEFFREY L. WOLF, M. D.; HERBERT A. PERKINS, M.D.; MARSHALL T. SCHREEDER, M.D.; FLAVIO VINCENTI, M.D.
Hepatitis B infection is relatively common in renal transplant patients. Sources of infection include multiple blood product transfusions, hemodialysis machines, and close contact of the immunosuppressed patient with other dialysis patients (1). We have recently become aware of another previously suspected, but heretofore unproven, source of hepatitis B virus in these patients—the transplanted kidney.
Roughly 1300 renal transplants have been done at the University of California, San Francisco, with increasing reliance on nonrelated cadaver donors. From 11 March 1975 until 1 November 1977, a routine screen by radioimmunoassay for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) was done on cadaver-donor sera. During
WOLF JL, PERKINS HA, SCHREEDER MT, VINCENTI F. The Transplanted Kidney As a Source of Hepatitis B Infection. Ann Intern Med. ;91:412–413. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-3-412
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(3):412-413.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Liver Disease, Nephrology, Renal Replacement Therapy.
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