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Non A, non B hepatitis in the aged.
  1. M. Sonnenblick,
  2. R. Oren,
  3. R. Tur-Kaspa
  1. Department of Geriatrics, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Israel.


    In order to study the clinical picture of non A, non B hepatitis in the elderly, a retrospective study was carried out in the two main hospitals in Jerusalem. Thirty-six patients with acute viral hepatitis, older than 65, have been hospitalized between the years 1982-1988. Seventy-two percent were diagnosed as non A, non B hepatitis. All patients were symptomatic and the main symptoms were abdominal pain, fever and jaundice. Thirty percent of the patients had marked cholestasis, while the disease was uneventful in 96% of the cases. Non A, non B hepatitis is the main type of viral hepatitis in the aged and should be suspected in patients with abdominal pain, fever and cholestasis.

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