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Hepatitis C virus antibody positive blood donors.
  1. D Mutimer,
  2. J Shaw,
  3. R Harrison,
  4. F Ala,
  5. J Neuberger,
  6. E Elias
  1. Liver and Hepatobiliary Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK.


    In an analysis of 15 blood donors referred from the Blood Transfusion Service to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, more than 50% of anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) positive patients had a parenteral risk factor. Most were serum HCV-RNA positive, and all were liver HCV-RNA positive. Although no physical signs of liver disease were apparent, all anti-HCV positive donors had abnormal liver histology.

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