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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 108-12

Hepatitis D infectivity profile among hepatitis B infected hospitalised patients in Calcutta.

Department of Microbiology, N.R.S. Medical College, Calcutta

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S Bhattacharyya
Department of Microbiology, N.R.S. Medical College, Calcutta

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PMID: 10389522

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450 hospitalised cases of hepatic and non hepatic disorders and 100 normal individuals were examined for serum Hepatitis B Surface antigen and Delta Virus antigen by ELISA to find out its association with different clinical disorders. 105 patients (23.3%) and 2 control (2%) were positive for HBsAG. 60 cases with jaundice (26%) were HBsAg positive. 65% of HBsAg positive jaundiced patients had serum bilirubin level more than 2 mg per dl with a mean SGPT level of 488 iu/L. Only two cases were positive for HDV antigen among 60 HBsAg positive jaundice patients indicating a lower rate of prevalence of infection (3.3%). 62 (59%) out of 105 HBsAg positive cases did not show any history of blood transfusion or surgical interference indicating a positive HBV transmission through needle prick during investigative procedures.

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