Teresa L. Wright, MD; Henry Hsu, MD; Elizabeth Donegan, MD; Stephen Feinstone, MD; Harry Greenberg, MD; Alexandra Read, MD; Nancy L. Ascher, MD; John P. Roberts, MD; John R. Lake, MD
Non-A, non-B hepatitis is a diagnosis of exclusion in patients with acute hepatitis but without serologic evidence of hepatitis A or hepatitis B viral infection. The recently identified hepatitis C virus (HCV) accounts for most cases of non-A, non-B hepatitis after blood transfusion or intravenous drug abuse (1, 2). However, it is not known whether HCV causes fulminant non-A, non-B hepatitis. To address this issue, we used a sensitive and specific polymerase chain reaction to detect HCV RNA in patients with fulminant hepatic failure of unknown cause.
We studied 15 patients who were referred for liver transplantation
Wright TL, Hsu H, Donegan E, Feinstone S, Greenberg H, Read A, et al. Hepatitis C Virus Not Found in Fulminant Non-A, Non-B Hepatitis. Ann Intern Med. ;115:111–112. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-2-111
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(2):111-112.
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