An accidental transfusion of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) positive whole blood was given to a 19-yr-old male, bleeding after tonsillectomy. Serum obtained from the patient before the transfusion revealed no hepatitis B antigens or antibodies. After the transfusion the patient became HBsAg-positive, cleared this antigen and developed antibodies to both HBsAg and HBeAg. The transfusion blood was positive for total antibody and IgM antibody to hepatitis B core antigen (HBcAg). The patient's blood became positive for these antibodies after the transfusion, but with declining titres. Liver tests were normal through the entire follow-up. The serological and clinical course suggests immunisation to passively transferred antigens without hepatitis.
|Tidsskrift||Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases|
|Status||Udgivet - 1983|