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Shattock, AG and Arthurs, Yvonne and Doyle, GD and Fielding, JF (1984) Chronic active hepatitis in intravenous drug abusers may be delta agent infection assoicated. Irish Journal of Medical Science , 153 , (1) , pp. 17-19.

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Twenty-seven parenteral drug users had serum tested for delta aintigen and antidelta antibody and had liver biopsies performed. All patients has been referred from the Drug Advisory and Treatment Centre by its Medical Director. Of the thirteen delta positive patients four had chronic active hepatitis. All four patients with chronic active hepatitis were delta positive. This study suggests that delta agent infection increases the risk of progression of intravenous drug abuse associated liver disease to chronic active hepatitis.


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