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Lancet. 1989 Jan 28;1(8631):205-7.

Hepatitis B infections after gynaecological surgery.

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Department of Virology, United Medical School, (St. Thomas' Campus), London.

Abstract

When acute hepatitis B developed in 3 patients who had had gynaecological surgery, the surgeon was found to be a carrier of hepatitis B e antigen. Of 268 patients operated on by this surgeon in one hospital, 247 were screened for markers of recent or current hepatitis B. 22 (9%) had such markers, associated with symptoms in 5. The operations carrying greatest risk of infection were hysterectomy (10/42) and caesarean section (10/51). These findings strengthen the case for vaccination of all surgeons and medical students against hepatitis B.

PMID:
2563107
DOI:
10.1016/s0140-6736(89)91213-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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