Rosette inhibition test in chronic liver disease

F. Salerno, S. R. Fargion, M. D. Cappellini, G. Fiorelli, N. Dioguardi

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A role has recently been assigned to cell-mediated immunity in chronic liver diseases in addition to the well-known alterations of humoral immunity. We now report the results of the rosette inhibition test for the evaluation of T-lymphocyte 'sensitization' in patients with different chronic liver disorders. A cell-mediated immune reaction was found in 81 % of patients with chronic active hepatitis and in 71 % with primary biliary cirrhosis, whereas patients with chronic persistent hepatitis showed no reaction. The correlation with the incidence of hepatitis B antigen showed that T-lymphocyte sensitization was more frequent in the group of HB-positive patients. Finally, improvement of the test was observed in four out of nine patients given immunosuppressive treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)778-781
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Pathology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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