Serum autoantibodies in chronic hepatitis C: Comparison with autoimmune hepatitis and impact on the disease profile

@article{Cassani1997SerumAI,
  title={Serum autoantibodies in chronic hepatitis C: Comparison with autoimmune hepatitis and impact on the disease profile},
  author={Fabio Cassani and Michela Cataleta and Paolo Valentini and Paolo Muratori and Fabrizio Giostra and Raffaella Francesconi and Luigi Muratori and Marco Lenzi and Giampaolo Bianchi and Daniela Zauli and Fb. Bianchi},
  journal={Hepatology},
  year={1997},
  volume={26}
}
Antibodies to nuclei (ANA), smooth muscle (SMA), and liver/kidney microsomes type 1 (anti‐LKM1) may occur in chronic hepatitis C. Distinct subspecificities, including ANA with the homogeneous pattern (ANA‐H) and SMA with antiactin specificity (SMA‐AA), are found in autoimmune hepatitis (AIH). This study was performed to characterize the hepatitis C virus (HCV)‐associated autoantibodies and to evaluate their influence on the profile of the disease. Two hundred ninety consecutive patients with… 
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