The Incidence of Post-Transfusion Hepatitis

M. A. Blajchman, S. V. Feinman, S. B. Bull, Kenrad E. Nelson, Faruque Ahmed, Paul Ness, James G. Donahue, Roger Y. Dodd

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To the Editor: We question the validity of the conclusion of Donahue et al. (Aug. 6 issue)1 that testing for non-A, non-B hepatitis surrogate markers caused a reduction in the incidence of post-transfusion hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Their data are also consistent with the hypothesis that there is only a temporal association between the institution of surrogate-marker testing and the reduction in the incidence of post-transfusion hepatitis between 1985 and 1990. Such a temporal association could be due to the concurrent institution of changes in blood-screening and transfusion practices. Whether the observed differences are causally or temporally associated could…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1280-1281
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number17
StatePublished - Apr 29 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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