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Risk of Post Transfusion Hepatitis C Virus Infection

This study has been completed.
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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Identifier:
First received: May 25, 2000
Last updated: February 17, 2016
Last verified: June 2000
To determine the risk of transfusion-transmitted hepatitis C virus (HCV) in cardiac surgery patients before and after donor screening for anti-HCV and surrogate markers of non-A, non-B hepatitis (NANBH). Also, to characterize donors who were HCV seronegative and who lacked surrogate markers at the time of donation, but whose recipient seroconverted to HCV.

Hepatitis, Viral, Human Blood Transfusion Blood Donors

Study Type: Observational

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Further study details as provided by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI):

Study Start Date: February 1992
Study Completion Date: April 2004
Detailed Description:


In the early 1990s, posttransfusion NANBH, mainly caused by HCV, was the most common serious complication of transfusions, occurring in 2-5 percent of transfusion recipients. About 50 percent of those infected developed chronic hepatitis, of whom, 10 to 20 percent developed cirrhosis. Hepatocellular carcinoma had been reported to occur in some. This study provided the first evaluation of the effectiveness of donor screening for anti-HCV by the then recently licensed HCV antibody test and surrogate markers of NANBH. It also provided a precise estimate of the risk of transfusion-transmitted HCV. The results allowed examination of risk factors for HCV infected donors who were seronegative at the time of donation.


The study was a nonconcurrent prospective, seroepidemiologic study. To estimate the incidence of HCV infection, six-month postoperative serum samples were tested for antibody to HCV. Preoperative samples corresponding to positive postoperative sera were also tested. The donors of a patient who received blood screened for HCV, i.e., a donation since May, 1990, and seroconverted in the six months since transfusion were located and retested for antibodies to HCV. The donors were administered a questionnaire designed to ascertain risk factors for HCV infection. A sample of donors who were HCV positive at the time of donation were given the same questionnaire. Comparison of these three groups of donors (i.e., seropositives, donors tested negative but implicated in seroconversion, seronegatives) allowed an investigation of factors associated with false negative screening results. Analytical methods included standard methods for contingency tables and both conditional and unconditional logistic regression.

The study completion date listed in this record was obtained from the "End Date" entered in the Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS) record.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 100 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
No eligibility criteria
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Publications: Identifier: NCT00005339     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 4201
R01HL045333 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: May 25, 2000
Last Updated: February 17, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Virus Diseases processed this record on September 20, 2017