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Arthurs, Yvonne and Doyle, GD and Fielding, JF (1981) The effects of drug abuse on the natural history and progression of chronic active and chronic persistent hepatitis. Irish Journal of Medical Science , 150 , (4) , pp. 104-112.

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The objective of this research was to investigate the frequency and nature of chronic liver disease among intravenous drug abusers attending the Drug Advisory and Treatment Centre in Dublin. Between 1 May and 31 December 1979, 139 drug abusers attended the Centre; 127 were intravenous drug abusers, and of these, 46 agreed to have liver biopsies. On the basis of the biopsies and interviews and physical examinations, the authors suggested that six-tenths of the ntravenous drug abusers attending the Drug Advisory and Detoxification Centre had some form of chronic liver disease, with just under one in five suffering from chronic aggressive hepatitis.

The authors stated that these results demonstrated the magnitude of the healthcare needs in relation to liver disease among intravenous drug abusers in Ireland, and highlighted an area where active immunisation against hepatitis B and non-A and non-B-hepatitis was urgently needed.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:April 1981
Page Range:pp. 104-112
Volume:150
Number:4
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Subjects:VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Viral hepatitis

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