The hospitalization rate and the mean days of hospitalization of notified viral hepatitis cases in Italy were estimated by a specific surveillance system for acute viral hepatitis over the period 1987-1992.
The hospitalization rate was very high, ranging from 88.8% for hepatitis A to 90.9% for non-A, non-B hepatitis.
No changes were observed over time.
For each type of hepatitis the highest figure was observed in the 15-24 year age group.
The mean days of hospitalization of hepatitis B (24.2) and non-A, non-B (20.5) hepatitis was significantly higher (p<0.05) than that of hepatitis A (16.5).
The highest mean days of hospitalization of hepatitis A and B occurred in the 0-14 year age group, while for non-A, non-B hepatitis it was observed in subjects over 24 years of age.
These findings indicate a nearly similar rate of hospitalization of all types of hepatitis.
Hepatitis B and non-A, non-B hepatitis show a more prolonged course than hepatitis A.
Mots-clés Pascal : Hépatite virale, Virose, Infection, Hospitalisation, Durée, Ratio, Epidémiologie, Homme, Italie, Europe, Appareil digestif pathologie, Foie pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Viral hepatitis, Viral disease, Infection, Hospitalization, Duration, Ratio, Epidemiology, Human, Italy, Europe, Digestive diseases, Hepatic disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0429506
Code Inist : 002B13C03. Création : 01/03/1996.