NICOLAOS C. TASSOPOULOS, M.D.; ANASTASIA ROUMELIOTOU-KARAYANNIS, M.D.; GEORGE J. PAPAEVANGELOU, M.D.
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To the editor: In the July issue, De Cock and colleagues (1) described the clinical course of acute delta hepatitis superimposed in 38 persons who were carriers of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), predominantly intravenous drug abusers and homosexual men. Permanent clearance of HBsAg within 3 months of the onset of acute hepatitis was seen in 4 patients. However, none of the patients achieved clearance of the delta hepatitis virus when the hepatitis B virus persisted after superinfection.
We followed prospectively, for 6 to 49 months, 22 HBsAg carriers with acute delta superinfection who were admitted to the Athens Hospital
TASSOPOULOS NC, ROUMELIOTOU-KARAYANNIS A, PAPAEVANGELOU GJ. Acute Delta Hepatitis and Hepatitis B Antigen Carriage. Ann Intern Med. ;105:804–805. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-5-804_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(5):804-805.
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