Leonard B. Seeff, MD
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To the Editors: Transfusion-associated non-A, non-B hepatitis has recently been shown to result usually from infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) (1). Although we recognize that non-A, non-B hepatitis can follow smaller inoculum percutaneous exposure, such as a needlestick injury (2), data implicating HCV in this circumstance are lacking. I report an instance of HCV transmission by a needlestick injury incurred 18 years ago with persistence of circulating anti-HCV to the present.
In 1972, a nurse injured her finger removing a hypodermic needle from a patient's arm. We were then doing a multicenter study to evaluate the protective efficacy
Seeff LB. Hepatitis C from a Needlestick Injury. Ann Intern Med. ;115:411. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-5-411_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(5):411.
Emergency Medicine, Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Liver Disease.
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