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August 1967

Probable Posttransfusion Hepatitis During the Course of Cirrhosis

Author Affiliations

Chicago

From the Department of Medicine, Chicago Medical School and Mount Sinai Hospital and the Department of Pathology, Chicago Medical School and West Side Veterans Administration Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Eschar is a fellow in Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Korn is now at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Indianapolis. Dr. Zimmerman is at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Washington, DC.

Arch Intern Med. 1967;120(2):193-201. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00300020065008
Abstract

ACUTE episodes of jaundice during the course of cirrhosis in alcoholics are common and considered to represent a stage of cirrhosis. The possibility that an acute episode of jaundice in a cirrhotic patient might represent a bout of viral hepatitis has been considered to be an unlikely or undiagnosable complication of cirrhosis.1,2 It is the purpose of the present report to describe seven patients with established cirrhosis, each of whose course was complicated by an episode of jaundice judged to be that of posttransfusion hepatitis.

Material and Methods  Standard techniques3 were used for the tests of liver function and related procedures. The abbreviations used and the normal values for each of these procedures are as follows:The seven patients described (Table 1) had been studied at the West Side Veterans Administration Hospital or Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago. Each was observed during the episode of jaundice by one

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