Correlation of serum delta RNA with clinical course of acute hepatitis delta virus superinfection in Taiwan: a longitudinal study.


Twenty of 22 hepatitis delta virus (HDV)-superinfected chronic hepatitis B carriers who had detectable HDV RNA at the acute stage progressed to chronicity, while only 6 of 16 patients without HDV RNA did so (P less than .005). The poor outcome of patients with persistently positive or fluctuating HDV RNA has been indicated by the following findings: 24 of… (More)