Table 1

Results of clinical and laboratory tests of 11 hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA positive patients with fulminant hepatitis

Clinical/laboratory testsResults
Age (years)42.1 (5.8)
Male/female8:3
No of cases with chronic HBV infection* 9
No of cases with fulminantv subfulminant form 6v 5
Albumin (g/l, normal >35)28.3 (2.4)
Globulin (g/l, normal <35)32.4 (7.2)
AST (U/l, normal <40)1163 (244)
ALT (U/l, normal <40)1432 (268)
Bilirubin (μmol/l, normal <17)452 (156)
Prothrombin time (seconds prolonged)20.7 (7.3)
  • Where applicable, data are expressed as mean (SEM). *Those who were HBsAg positive but IgM anti-HBc negative during presentation of acute hepatitis. Fulminant and subfulminant hepatic failure were diagnosed according to the definition by Bernuau et al.2

  • HBV, hepatitis B virus; AST, serum aspartate aminotransferase; ALT, serum alanine aminotransferase; HBsAg, hepatitis B surface antigen.