Prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection in Hashimoto's thyroiditisBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7031.640b (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:640
- Brunhilde Wagner,
- Heinrich Vierhapper,
- Hans Hofmann
- Assistant Professor Department of Internal Medicine III, Clinical Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Vienna, Austria
- Professor Department of Clinical Virology, University of Vienna
EDITOR,—Duclos-Vallee et al have reported that infection with hepatitis C virus may have a role in triggering Hashimoto's thyroiditis.1 Using enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), they detected antibodies to hepatitis C virus in 12 of 50 patients, and a second generation recombinant immunoblot assay confirmed the finding in five of the 12 cases.
As we did not see such a high prevalence of hepatitis C in our outpatients we retested 118 consecutive patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis for possible infection …