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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 140-143
Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Hemodialysis Patients in Jordan

1 Department of Medicine, Medical School, Jordan University, Amman, Jordan
2 Al-Basheir Hospital, Amman, Jordan
3 Princes Basma Hospital, Irbid, Jordan

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Jordan University, P.O. Box 13132, Amman 11942
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To evaluate the prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection in our hemodialysis population, we carried out a survey of 273 adult hemodialysis patients in three hemodialysis units in Jordan using a second generation rapid enzyme immunoassay. Sixty seven patients were seropositive with a prevalence of 24.5%. All patients were transfusion dependent except two. More than 85% of the patients have been on hemodialysis for more than two years. Co-infection with hepatitis B virus was observed in six patients. Abnormal liver functions were seen in five patients, but liver biopsies were not done. The prevalence of hepatitis C antibody in healthy blood donors in Jordan is 1.7%. We conclude that HCV infection prevalence in hemodialysis patients in Jordan is 24.5%, a percentage similar to what has been reported around the world and in the neighboring countries.

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