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HHV6-associated hepatitis

Wednesday 9 November 2005


- severe liver dysfunction
- drowsiness
- fulminant hepatic failure
- microvesicular steatosis (resembling that of Reye syndrome)

- human herpesvirus-6 variant B (HHV-6B) DNA in liver tissue by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and in the endothelium of the portal vein by in situ hybridization (ISH).


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- Randhawa PS, Jenkins FJ, Nalesnik MA, Martens J, Williams PA, Ries A, Pham S, Demetris AJ. Herpesvirus 6 variant A infection after heart transplantation with giant cell transformation in bile ductular and gastroduodenal epithelium. Am J Surg Pathol. 1997 Jul;21(7):847-53. PMID: 9236842