Author(s): Halfon P, Bourlire M, Ouzan D, Sne D, Saadoun D,
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Abstract Occult hepatitis C infection is regarded as a new entity that should be considered when diagnosing patients with a liver disease of unknown origin. Using an ultrasensitive real-time PCR assay, we demonstrated that occult hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection cannot be found in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with cryptogenic liver diseases, HCV--associated systemic vasculitis, or connective tissue diseases. The significance of such occult infection must be elucidated.
This article was published in J Clin Microbiol
and referenced in Journal of Molecular Biomarkers & Diagnosis