Aetiology of fatal viral hepatitis in Melbourne: A retrospective study

M. McNeil, J. F. Hoy, M. J. Richards, N. I. Lehmann, M. Dimitrikakis, I. D. Gust, C. R. Lucas

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In the period from January 1971 to June 1983, 46 of 5477 patients (0.84%) admitted to Fairfield Hospital, Melbourne, with acute viral hepatitis died of fulminant hepatic failure. The case-fatality rate for patients with hepatitis A was 0.14%; for patients with hepatitis B, 0.84%; and for patients with non-A non-B (NANB) hepatitis, 2.29%. The highest case-fatality rates were observed in patients with post-transfusion hepatitis B (18.8%); and in patients with NANB hepatitis aged less than 5 years (50%) and 40 years and over (10%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-640
Number of pages4
JournalThe Medical Journal of Australia
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1984

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