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[TT virus infection in an area of high-endemicity for hepatitis C].

Authors
  • Umemura, T
  • Tanaka, E
  • Kiyosawa, K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nihon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1999
Volume
57
Issue
6
Pages
1397–1401
Identifiers
PMID: 10391006
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

TT virus (TTV) was recently identified as a candidate for a new hepatitis virus. In the present study, the clinical features and transmission routes of TTV infection were analyzed in an area highly endemic for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, and compared to those in an area not endemic. In conclusion, the prevalence of TTV infection was as high as 58% in the high-endemicity area for HCV infection. The main transmission route for TTV appeared to be different from that of HCV and HGV. TTV infection showed a reciprocal association with HCV infection, and had limited pathogenetic effect on hepatitis.

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