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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 466-469
Survey of Hepatitis B Status in Hemodialysis Patients in a Training Hospital in Urmia, Iran

1 Department of Virology, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran
2 Medical Student, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran

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Zakieh Rostamzadeh Khameneh
Assistant Professor in Virology, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia
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PMID: 18445915

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To evaluate the prevalence of HBV infection in chronic hemodialysis patients at our dialysis center of Urmia's Taleqni Hospital, Urmia, Iran, we studied cross­sectionally the hepatitis surface antigen (HbsAg) status in blood samples of 167 active chronic hemodialysis patients at our center with enzyme linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA). The mean frequency of HbsAg+ was 6.58%, which was higher in patients less than 50 years old than in those above 50 years (9.3% vs. 5.3%, respectively), in males than females (10.5% vs. 2.5%, respectively), and in those on three times dialysis than twice per week (7.1% vs. 0.0%, respectively). We did not find a significant relationship between the factors of: age, sex, being resident in city or village, duration of the therapy, history of blood transfusion, marital status, job status, history of kidney transplantation, and preva­lence of HbsAg+.

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