Fulminant Hepatic Failure Due to Acute Hepatitis B and Delta Co‐Infection: Probable Bloodborne Transmission Associated with a Spring‐Loaded Fingerstick Device

Leonardo Mendez, K. Rajender Reddy, Ralph A. Di Prima, Lennox J. Jeffers, Eugene R. Schiff

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Fulminant hepatic failure (FHF) due to acute hepatitis B and delta co-infection occurred in a 74-yr-old female, who eventually died. There was no clear-cut epidemiology other than probable bloodborne transmission from a contaminated spring-loaded fingerstick device used for glucose determination, in an outpatient facility. This unusual mode of transmission reiterates the importance of using sterile cleansing and disposal procedures anytime there is a possibility of contamination with blood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)895-897
Number of pages3
JournalThe American journal of gastroenterology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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