Transmission of HCV by organ transplantation

A. G. Diethelm, D. Roth, R. M. Ferguson, E. R. Schiff, M. A. Hardy, T. E. Starzl, J. Miller, D. Van Thiel, J. S. Najarian, B. M. Eggen, S. A. Nordbo, J. D. Pirsch, F. O. Belzer, E. Martinez, A. Marcos, B. J G Pereira, E. L. Milford, R. L. Kirkman, A. S. Levey

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To the Editor: In their article entitled“Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus by Organ Transplantation,”Pereira et al. (Aug. 15 issue)* lacked critically needed scientific proof to warrant their conclusions. Moreover, several statements in the report are misleading and appear to bias the conclusions. For example, it is implied that hepatitis C virus (HCV) was transmitted by organ transplantation and that the HCV antibody (anti-HCV) appeared only after transplantation. If one looks at Table 1 of their article, however, only 8 recipients appear to have had a detectable positive HCV marker after transplantation and 3 of these 8 had the. . .

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-413
Number of pages4
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 6 1992

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    Diethelm, A. G., Roth, D., Ferguson, R. M., Schiff, E. R., Hardy, M. A., Starzl, T. E., Miller, J., Van Thiel, D., Najarian, J. S., Eggen, B. M., Nordbo, S. A., Pirsch, J. D., Belzer, F. O., Martinez, E., Marcos, A., Pereira, B. J. G., Milford, E. L., Kirkman, R. L., & Levey, A. S. (1992). Transmission of HCV by organ transplantation. New England Journal of Medicine, 326(6), 410-413.