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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Future development of molecular assays for diagnosis of delta hepatitis should take into account this high genetic variability.
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.
A preventive measure that all laboratorians should seriously consider is vaccination against hepatitis B, which also protects against the deadly Delta hepatitis.