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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology - Volume 14 2000, Suppl B, Pages 81B-82B

Viral Hepatitis Investigative Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Received 20 May 1999; Accepted 9 June 1999

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Data pertaining to 65 patients treated atthe Health Sciences Center Hepatology Research Unit in Winnipeg,Manitoba describing local complications related to subcutaneousinterferon IFN injection administered to treat hepatitis Cvirus infection are presented. Nine patients experienced local erythematousreactions at the injection region. No life-threateningcomplications were identified. One case of fasciitis complicatingIFN injection – a complication not previously reported – was successfullymanaged with surgical debridement and antibiotic therapy.This case is a dramatic example of why sterile techniqueduring infections must be adhered to.

Author: Curtis L Cooper, Rachel Gerstein, and Kelly Kaita

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