Presence of HCV RNA in serum of asymptomatic blood donors involved in post-transfusion hepatitis (PTH)
To study the causes of residual posttransfusion hepatitis, serum from implicated donors was tested by PCR for the presence of HCV RNA. Of 20 anti HCV negative donors, 4 were HCV RNA positive and thus, infective. The results suggest that higher-level investigations are necessary for prospective donors who present blood enzyme abnormalities or other questionable characteristics.
KeywordsBlood Donor Prospective Donor Questionable Characteristic Ortho Diagnostic System Positive Blood Donor