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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 562-565
Prevalence of Hepatitis C Antibodies Among Hemodialysis Patients in Al-Hasa Region of Saudi Arabia

1 Post-Graduate Department of Medicine, King Fahad Hospital, Hofuf, Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Microbiology, King Fahad Hospital, Hofuf, Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Anil K Saxena
Hemodialysis Unit, King Fahad Hospital, Hofuf, Al-Hasa 31982
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 18209404

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The prevalence of anti-HCV antibodies among hemodialysis (HD) patients was studied at King Fahad Hospital, Hofuf, Saudi Arabia. The records of 189 patients undergoing HD were reviewed. The overall prevalence of anti-HCV antibodies was 43.9%. Anti-HCV antibody prevalence was more common among female patients. There was no correlation between repeated blood transfusions and anti-HCV positivity as 4.8% of the patients who did not receive any blood transfusion during HD were positive for anti-HCV antibodies. A positive correlation was observed between the duration on dialysis and anti­HCV antibodies. An annual serocoversion rate of 6.8% was observed in this study.

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