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Prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection in Hashimoto's thyroiditis

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7031.640b (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:640
  1. Brunhilde Wagner,
  2. Heinrich Vierhapper,
  3. Hans Hofmann
  1. Assistant Professor Department of Internal Medicine III, Clinical Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Vienna, Austria
  2. 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 …

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