FRANCIS E. FOLEY, M.D.; RALPH N. GUTHEIM, M.D.
Homologous serum hepatitis occurring after administration of blood, plasma and certain derivatives has been well documented and is considered a calculated risk. In recent years another source of serum hepatitis has been recognized. It occurs after the skin has been punctured for therapeutic, diagnostic or cosmetic reasons. Epidemiologic studies of needle or syringe hepatitis are infrequent except for sporadic reports indicating that transmission has occurred in diabetic clinics,1 syphilitic clinics,2 among narcotic addicts,3 and during tattooing4 and other procedures involving skin penetration.5, 6 Apparently persons in the prodromal stage of serum hepatitis, or those with a subclinical infection, can be
FOLEY FE, GUTHEIM RN. SERUM HEPATITIS FOLLOWING DENTAL PROCEDURES: A PRESENTATION OF 15 CASES, INCLUDING THREE FATALITIES1. Ann Intern Med. 1956;45:369–380. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-45-3-369
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1956;45(3):369-380.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Liver Disease.
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