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Volume 17, Number 11—November 2011

Letter

Transfusion-transmitted Syphilis in Teaching Hospital, Ghana

Alex K. Owusu-OforiComments to Author , Christopher M. Parry, and Imelda Bates
Author affiliations: Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana (A.K. Owusu-Ofori); Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK (A.K. Owusu-Ofori, I. Bates); University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (C.M. Parry)

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Characteristics of 16 recipients of syphilis-positive blood transfusions, Kumasi, Ghana*

Recipient ID RPR results for transfused blood Duration of blood storage, d Blood sample test results
Outcome
Pretransfusion
Posttransfusion
EIA TPHA RPR EIA TPHA RPR
1 R 12 ND ND NA NA NA Died
2 NR 2 ND ND NA NA NA Died
3 NR 2 ND ND NA NA NA Died
4 NR 1 ND ND NA NA NA Died
5 R 4 ND ND NA NA NA Lost to follow up
6 NR 1 ND ND NA NA NA Lost to follow up
7 NR 2 + + NR NA NA NA Not followed up
8 NR 6 + + R NA NA NA Not followed up
9 NR 3 ND ND ND ND Well
10 R 1 ND ND + + R Seroconverted
11 NR 2 ND ND ND ND Well
12 R 1 ND ND ND ND Well
13 R 3 ND ND + NR Well
14 NR 2 ND ND ND ND Well
15 R 1 ND ND ND ND Well
16 R 4 ND ND ND ND Well

*ID, identification; RPR, rapid plasma reagin; EIA, enzyme immunoassay; TPHA, Treponema pallidum hemagglutination assay; R, reactive; –, negative; ND, not done; NA, not available; NR, not reactive; +, positive. All results for transfused blood tested by EIA and TPHA were positive.

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