Evidence of prior hepatitis B and hepatitis A virus infections in an ambulatory geriatric population

M. S. Finkelstein, M. L. Freedman, L. Shenkman, S. Krugman

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Abstract

Ninety-five randomly selected patients attending an ambulatory geriatric medical clinic were tested for the presence in their sera of hepatitis B surface antigen and of antibody to hepatitis B and A viruses. Such evidence of past hepatitis infection was correlated with current liver function and history of having received blood transfusions. The results showed that 94% of patients had antibody to hepatitis A virus, and 32% had antibody to hepatitis B virus. Patients with abnormal liver function tests, or those with a history of blood transfusions were no more likely to have hepatitis B antibody than patients with normal liver function tests or those with no history of transfusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-305
Number of pages4
JournalJournals of Gerontology
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

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