ELLIOT M. MORRIS, M.D.
To the editor: In the April issue, Koziol and colleagues (1) conclude that antibody to hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) serves as a marker for non-A, non-B hepatitis agents in donated blood. In discussing this association, they dismiss the possibility that this antibody might simply identify carriers with coincident exposure to both hepatitis B and non-A, non-B viruses by observing that antibody to hepatitis B surface antigen (anti-HBs) serves no such distinguishing role, as might be expected if this hypothesis were true. However, I believe such a hypothesis might still be consistent with the data presented.
The data describing the
MORRIS EM. Paradoxical Marker of Non-A, Non-B Hepatitis. Ann Intern Med. ;105:294. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-2-294_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(2):294.
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