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July 1988, Volume 38, Issue 7

Letters To Editor

COST EFFECTIVE APPROACH FOR SEROLOGICAL DIAGNOSIS OF HEPATITIS

Sir,

Hepatitis A appears to be a disease of childhood in Pakistan.1 Most of the adults, either have had hepatitis A in childhood or have been exposed to it2. With this view anti HAV (IgG) status was determined in 233 healthy subjects and 124 cases of hepatitis (Table).


Results indicate that 96.6% of adults are immune to hepatitis A.
The following cost effective serological profile is therefore suggested in adults to deter­mine the type of hepatitis.

REFERENCES

1. Malik, l.A., Anwar, C.M., Luqman, M., Ahmad, A., Sarfaraz, T., and Qamar, M.A. The pattern of acute viral hepatitis in children. A study based on seroepidemiology and biochemical profile. JPMA., 1987;37:314-317.
2. Malik, l.A., Luqman, M., Ahmed, A.,Khan, A. and Legters, L.J. Spoyadi (Non-A Non-B) hepatitis; A seroepidemiological study in urban population. JPMA., 1987; 37:190—192.

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