Prevalence of hepatitis C infection in a large urban hospital-based sample of individuals with spinal cord injury

Short Title:
Prevalence of hepatitis C infection in a large urban hospital-based sample of individuals with spinal cord injury
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J44390.
Journal:
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2002, vol. 83, issue 11, pp 1620-1623
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Abstract:
The prevalence and clinical characteristics of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) are examined in this study. Patients underwent routine annual physical examinations and were tested for hepatitis C antibodies, antibodies to hepatitis core antigen, alanine aminotransferase (ALT), and bilirubin. Seventeen percent of the patients were HCV positive. The prevalence of HCV infection in those who sustained SCI before 1990 was 21 percent compared with 7 percent of those who were injured from 1990 on. Period of injury and age were the only significant factors for anti-HCV reactivity. Individuals who were HCV positive were more likely to be hepatitis B core antigen-reactive than those who were HCV negative.
Author(s):
Fong, T. L.; Adkins, R. H.; Govindarajan, S.; Post, S.; Waters, R. L.
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