November 14, 2013

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November 14, 2013

WASHINGTON — About 12% of baby boomers who went to the emergency department for another reason then agreed to screening for hepatitis C were found to exhibit positive HCV reactivity, James W. Galbraith, MD, of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said in discussing a late-breaking abstract at The Liver Meeting.

These preliminary results in a high-risk population that was previously unaware of HCV infection highlights the ED as an important place to screen for HCV, he said.

Disclosure: Galbraith reports no relevant financial disclosures.

For more information:

Galbraith JW. #LB-6: Screening in Emergency Department Identifies a Large Cohort of Unrecognized Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Baby Boomers. Presented at: The Liver Meeting 2013; Nov. 1-5, Washington.

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