Is it true that there is a high risk of death if one contracts Hepatitis A after they contract Hepatitis C? If so, you'd think there ought to be more noise about this in health publications and also in the media.
In Fulminant Hepatitis Associated with Hepatitis A Virus Superinfection in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C, out of 17 patients with chronic hepatitis C infection who also got infected with hepatitis A, 6 died, so about one third.
In an Italian population based study, 77 patients with chronic hepatitis C (52 with hepatitis C, 25 with hepatitis C and hepatitis B) also got infected with hepatitis A. None died from the hepatitis A infection. This is a published letter to the journal the first study appeared in - the researchers from Italy wrote in because they were surprised by the high mortality rate in the US study, as they had seen no such correlation.
Hepatitis A virus vaccination in persons with hepatitis C virus infection: consequences of quality measure implementation pooled data from 10 studies and puts the mortality rate for hepatitis C patients with a hepatitis A superinfection at around 7 percent (95 percent confidence interval: 1.24-42.12)
That figure of 85 percent dying that the TV show House MD mentioned is made up.
Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended for chronic hepatitis C patients by