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Hepatitis B Antigen in Viral Hepatitis in West London

Br Med J 1974; 3 doi: (Published 13 July 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;3:83
  1. L. J. Farrow,
  2. S. G. Lamb,
  3. N. F. Coghill,
  4. R. L. Lindon,
  5. Jill Preece,
  6. A. J. Zuckerman,
  7. J. S. Stewart


    During the first 12 months of a total population survey 249 patients were seen with viral hepatitis. A total of 215 of these were tested for hepatitis B antigen (HB Ag) by radioimmunoassay and 32 (15%) were positive.

    More than five times as many men (27) as women (5) were HBAg positive and 19 of the men were between the ages of 20 and 39 years. There were only four drug addicts among those tested, two of whom were positive, as were two of the four patients who were tattooed.

    Sixty out of 86 children (under 15 years) were tested for HBAg and none was positive.