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World J Gastroenterol. Apr 14, 2012; 18(14): 1616-1621
Published online Apr 14, 2012. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v18.i14.1616
Impact of comorbidities on the severity of chronic hepatitis B at presentation
Evangelista Sagnelli, Tommaso Stroffolini, Alfonso Mele, Michele Imparato, Caterina Sagnelli, Nicola Coppola, Piero Luigi Almasio
Evangelista Sagnelli, Michele Imparato, Nicola Coppola, Department of Public Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, Second University of Naples, 80132 Naples, Italy
Tommaso Stroffolini, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Policlinico Umberto I, 00161 Rome, Italy
Alfonso Mele, Laboratory of Epidemiology, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, 00161 Rome, Italy
Caterina Sagnelli, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine and Surgery "F. Magrassi e A. Lanzara", Second University of Naples, 80132 Naples, Italy
Piero Luigi Almasio, Gastroenterology Unit, University of Palermo, 90127 Palermo, Italy
Author contributions: Sagnelli E, Mele A, Stroffolini T and Almasio PL contributed equally in designing the research; Imparato M, Sagnelli C and Coppola N contributed equally in collecting the data; Almasio PL analysed the data; Sagnelli E wrote the manuscript; all the other authors collected the data in the Peripheral Centres.
Supported by A grant from the Progetto di Ricerca di Interesse Nazionale 2000 and in part with a grant from the Viral Hepatitis Project; Istituto Superiore di Sanità, D. leg.vo 30/12/1992 n. 502; this study was performed with the support of Glaxo Smith-Kline
Correspondence to: Evangelista Sagnelli, Full Professor of Infectious Diseases, Department of Public Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, Second University of Naples, Via Luciano Armanni n.5, 80132 Naples, Italy.
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Received: March 7, 2011
Revised: August 4, 2011
Accepted: February 26, 2012
Published online: April 14, 2012
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