delta hepatitis


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delta hepatitis

[‚del·tə ‚hep·ə′tīd·əs]
(medicine)
A type of viral hepatitis caused by the delta agent hepatitis D virus, a defective ribonucleic acid virus that requires the helper function of hepatitis B virus for its replication and expression.
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The patients were living in France when chronic delta hepatitis was diagnosed; however, because no risk factors were identified, each patient was suspected to have been infected during childhood in Africa.
These persons are at risk for cirrhosis, delta hepatitis, and hepatocellular carcinoma.
We studied 40 patients with chronic viral hepatitis (mean age 42 years, range 23-62 years, 9 women and 31 men); 23 patients were chronically infected with hepatitis B, 14 with hepatitis C, and 3 with delta hepatitis.
Hepatitis D-formerly called delta hepatitis, is found mainly in intravenous drug users who are carriers of the hepatitis B virus which is necessary for the hepatitis D virus to spread.