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Infectious Disease Markers among Directed and Volunteer Blood Donors in Korea

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Authors
Han, Kyou sup; Um, Tae Hyun; Park, Myoung Hee; Lee, Seon Ho; Oh, Young Chul; Kim, Ki Hong
Issue Date
1993-12
Publisher
Seoul National University College of Medicine
Citation
Seoul J Med 1993;34(4):315-318
Keywords
lnfectious disease markersDirected donationKorea
Abstract
Most reports from Western countries are discouraging the establishment
of direct donation programs since little evidence exists that this approach improves the
safety of blood transfusion. However, the infectious disease marker frequencies vary
from one region to another and not much is known about the figures in less
individualized, and more culturally uniform societies. The authors compared the frequency
of infectious disease markers among 14,253 directed and 1,228,132 volunteer
blood donors in Korea. The frequency of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) was
higher in volunteer donors while the frequency of elevated alanine aminotransferase
(ALT) and VORL was higher in directed donorslp-Dfl'l). Our data suggest that even in
a less individualized society where people are more open to exchange their medical and
personal information, directed donation does not confer significant benefit in the prevention
of transfusion-transmitted diseases.
ISSN
0582-6802
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/5436
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College of Medicine/School of Medicine (의과대학/대학원)Dept. of Medicine (의학과)The Seoul Journal of MedicineThe Seoul Journal of Medicine Vol. 34 No.4 (1993)
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