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To investigate the susceptibility of chronic symptomless HBsAg carriers to the hepatotoxic effect of ethanol 296 such carriers were followed up for 3 1/2 years with repeated biochemical and clinical examinations. A control group of HBsAg-negative blood donors matched by age, sex, occupation, duration and type of ethanol intake, and state of nutrition were(More)
The ability of ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA, 600 mg/day) to lower alanine aminotransferase (ALT) blood levels in blood donors rejected for donation because of fluctuating hypertransaminasemia was evaluated in a randomized, controlled, double-blind clinical trial vs. placebo. All subjects with ALT values at least twice the normal upper limit in at least two(More)
To The Editor: In a series of cirrhotic patients with spontaneous bacterial peritonitis previously reported (1), we described a patient in whom the complication occurred, as in the case reported by Brolin (Dig Dis Sci 27:362-366, 1982), in the absence of preexisting ascites. In that patient, severe acute arthritis had preceded peritonitis by some days.(More)
The importance of the different endoscopic procedures in the transmission of hepatitis B was investigated prospectively by following up for 6 months all HBV-negative patients endoscoped from April to October 1981. A group of patients admitted in the same period to our unit constituted the control group. Controls were obtained after 1, 3, and 6 months from(More)
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