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Volume 19, Number 12—December 2013

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Hepatitis E and Lymphocytic Leukemia in Man, Italy

Maria T. GiordaniComments to Author , Paolo Fabris, Enrico Brunetti, Sam Goblirsch, and Luisa Romanò
Author affiliations: San Bortolo Hospital, Vicenza, Italy (M.T. Giordani, P. Fabris); University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy (E. Brunetti); Winona Health, Winona, Minnesota, USA (S. Goblirsch); University of Milan, Milan, Italy (L. Romanò)

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Clinical and laboratory data for a 60-year-old man with hepatitis E and lymphocytic leukemia, Italy, 2012.  Start of ribavirin treatment and virologic response are indicated. A differential diagnosis was obtained by using abdominal ultrasound, which showed an enlarged hypoechogenic liver and thickening of the gallbladder wall (5 mm) with gallstones in the lumen, but a regular biliary tree. An enlarged spleen (bipolar diameter 15.07 cm) and lymph nodes were attributed to chronic lymphocytic leuke

Figure. . Clinical and laboratory data for a 60-year-old man with hepatitis E and lymphocytic leukemia, Italy, 2012. Start of ribavirin treatment and virologic response are indicated. A differential diagnosis was obtained by using abdominal ultrasound, which showed an enlarged hypoechogenic liver and thickening of the gallbladder wall (5 mm) with gallstones in the lumen, but a regular biliary tree. An enlarged spleen (bipolar diameter 15.07 cm) and lymph nodes were attributed to chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Test results for the following markers were negative: viral hepatitis A, B, and C; hepatitis B virus DNA (nested PCR; Roche, Switzerland); hepatitis C virus (nested PCR; Roche); cytomegalovirus virus DNA; Epstein-Barr virus; Q fever; agglutination for Leptospira spp. (Galton's test); enteric fever; Borrelia spp.; Bartonella spp.; autoantibodies (anti-nuclear, anti–liver kidney microsomal, anti-mitochondrial); blood and feces cultures; and ova and parasites in feces. HEV, hepatitis E virus; NA, not available; AST, aspartate aminotransferase; ALT, alanine aminotransferase. Reference ranges were 8–48 IU/L for AST, 7–55 IU/L for ALT, and 0.1–1.0 mg/dL for total bilirubin.

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