Hemodialysis-Associated Hepatitis

Academic Article


  • Of 65 renal hemodialysis units surveyed prospectively by the Center for Disease Control in the four-year period 1967 to 1970, fifty-three reported 355 cases of viral hepatitis—260 in hemodialysis patients and 95 in hemodialysis unit staff members. The incidence of infection in 1970 for center-based patients and staff was 4.4 cases and 3.4 cases, respectively, per 100 persons at risk. Almost 70% of the hemodialysis patients were anicteric; many of these cases would not have been detected if periodic serologic screening for hepatitis B antigen or liver-function tests had not been performed routinely. On the other hand, 85% of staff members with hepatitis were jaundiced, and 74% required hospitalization. Although accidental needle punctures prior to hepatitis were reported by many staff, other types of exposures were common, and nonparenteral transmission probably occurred. © 1973, American Medical Association. All rights reserved.
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    Author List

  • Garibaldi RA; Forrest JN; Bryan JA; Hanson BF; Dismukes WE
  • Start Page

  • 384
  • End Page

  • 389
  • Volume

  • 225
  • Issue

  • 4