Delta hepatitis in inapparent carriers of hepatitis B surface antigen. A disease simulating acute hepatitis B progressive to chronicity.

Abstract

Infection with the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-associated delta agent (delta) was determined in a series of Italian patients with a diagnosis of acute hepatitis B (HBsAg-positive) progressive to chronicity. Twenty-two of 27 (81%) and 12 of 18 (67%) patients collected, respectively, in Naples and Cagliari, where delta is highly endemic, developed… (More)

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