ABSTRACT: We evaluated in a series of 33 HCV positive (both RT-PCR and HCV RIBA 2 assays) B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHL) patients the prevalence of active and inactive HGV infection by HGV RNA assays (RT-PCR) and anti HGV antibodies directed against E2 structural protein (immunoenzimatic method), a reliable serologic marker of past HGV infection followed by viral clearance. We found only one patient with HGV positivity at RT-PCR (3%). Twenty-six of 33 patients were positive for anti HGV/E2 antibodies (78.8%) suggesting past infection. If confirmed, our preliminary data seem to suggest a higher incidence of HGV past infection in our group of HCV positive patients with B cell NHL.
Haematologica 11/1998; 83(10):957-8. · 6.42 Impact Factor