Intravenous literature: Himmelreich, H., Sarrazin, C.M., Stephan, C., Rabenau, H.F., Marzi, I. and Wicker, S. (2012) Early diagnosis of hepatitis C transmission after needlestick injury. Der Unfallchirurg. Sep 8. [Epub ahead of print].
Occupational transmission of hepatitis C (HCV) is rare but has been repeatedly described in the published literature. Early diagnosis and therapy of acute hepatitis C is associated with an excellent chance of permanent HCV elimination. The majority of chronic HCV infections, however, lead to a slowly progressive hepatitis with associated morbidity and risk of liver cirrhosis. For this reason the need for antiviral therapy has to be evaluated immediately.