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Hepatitis Bs antibody in alcoholic cirrhosis.
  1. P R Mills,
  2. T H Pennington,
  3. P Kay,
  4. R N MacSween,
  5. G Watkinson


    Sera from patients with chronic liver disease were tested for antibody against hepatitis B surface antigen by radioimmunoassay. The antibody was found in 25% of patients with alcoholic cirrhosis and in 52% when alcoholic cirrhosis was associated with portal hypertension, these results being significantly higher than in a matched control population. Other forms of chronic liver disease did not differ from the control population. Hepatitis B virus infection might be a factor in determining which alcoholic patients go on to develop chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.

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