The epidemiology of HDV infection in Italy was assessed in a retrospective study involving 1556 HBsAg chronic carriers on their first presentation at one of the 35 Liver Units in 1987.
Total anti-HD was detected in 23.4% of HBsAg carriers and was significantly more frequent in southern than in northern Italy (26.6% vs. 19.1%, p<0.01).
Age distribution showed that 73% of the anti-HD-positive subjects, but only 56% of the anti-HD-negative subjects, were under 40 years of age (p<0.01).
Anti-HD prevalence increased with the severity of the liver disease from 3.8% in healthy carriers to 42.5% in cirrhosis.
Mots-clés Pascal : Hépatite virale delta, Virose, Infection, Foie pathologie, Appareil digestif pathologie, Epidémiologie, Homme, Italie, Europe, Etude statistique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Viral hepatitis delta, Viral disease, Infection, Hepatic disease, Digestive diseases, Epidemiology, Human, Italy, Europe, Statistical study
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