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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 151-153
Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Hemodialysis Patients in Qatar

Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar

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Omer Abboud
Hamad General Hospital, Doha
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To evaluate the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and the histopathological aspects of this infection among regular hemodialysis patients, we followed 130 patients on regular dialysis screened for HCV antibodies by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Confirmatory testing was done using a second generation recombinant immunosorbant assay (RIBA). Fifty eight patients (44.6%) were antibody positive at the start of the study. There was a significant relationship between the presence of anti-HCV antibody and the increased period on dialysis (54.3 months in the sero-positive group, compared to 22.2 months in the sero­negative group, (P < 0.001). There was no statistical correlation with the history of blood transfusion or the serum iron level. Liver biopsies in eight sero-positive patients with abnormal liver enzymes showed chronic active hepatitis in six and chronic persistent hepatitis in two cases. Such findings of gross hepatic involvement in anti-HCV positive hemodialysis patients strongly support the arguments for antiviral therapy with Interferon in these patients, in the attempt to prevent further hepatic damage, before they receive renal allografts.

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