Brief report| Volume 10, ISSUE 4, P223-224, December 1999

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Post-mortem detection of HIV, HTLV, hepatitis C viral infections to reduce the risk of contamination during anatomical cadaver dissections


      To ensure maximum security for students and research workers performing dissections and exposed to the risk of cuts, we have demonstrated, on 1695 cadaver donations, the feasibility of detection of negative serology for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis C viral infections in cadavers. Negative results for all markers were obtained in 67%. The methodology based on optical density (OD) measurements (ELISA) in this particular rank have a poor specificity (high ratio of false positive results), but ensures maximum security in line with the principles of prevention and have a minimal cost for an anatomy teaching and research structure.


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