A long-term follow-up study of asymptomatic hepatitis B surface antigen-positive carriers in Montreal.

@article{Villeneuve1994ALF,
  title={A long-term follow-up study of asymptomatic hepatitis B surface antigen-positive carriers in Montreal.},
  author={Jean-Pierre Villeneuve and Marc Desrochers and Claire Infante-Rivard and Bernard Willems and Gregory Raymond and Marc Bourcier and Jean C{\^o}t{\'e} and G Richer},
  journal={Gastroenterology},
  year={1994},
  volume={106 4},
  pages={1000-5}
}
BACKGROUND/AIMS Prospective studies from the Far East and Alaska have shown an increased mortality from cirrhosis and/or hepatocellular carcinoma in asymptomatic hepatitis B virus (HBV) carriers. The magnitude of this risk in apparently healthy North American carriers remains undefined. METHODS The outcomes of 317 asymptomatic hepatitis B surface antigen-positive carriers from the Montreal area were examined after 16 years of follow-up. A majority of carriers were of French Canadian origin… CONTINUE READING
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