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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 831-834
Epidemiology and transmission of hepatitis G virus infection in dialysis patients

1 Gastroenterintestinal and Liver Disease Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Baqiyatallah Research Center for Gastroenterology and Liver Disease, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Infectious Disease Department, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Farahnaz Fallahian
Gastroenterintestinal and Liver Disease Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Firuzgar Hospital, Vali asr Square, Aban St., Tehran
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Hepatitis G virus (HGV) or GB-virus type C (GBV-C) is distributed globally and is present in the volunteer blood donor population. For epidemiological studies, HGV is of interest in hemodialysis patients who are at risk of parenterally transmitted infections. The role of HGV in producing illness and hepatic disease has yet to be determined. A review of literature was performed in 2009 to summarize scientific reports on epidemiology and pathogenesis of the HGV infection and its exposure through hemodialysis.

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