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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR  
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 588-589
Author's Reply


1 Chronic Kidney Disease Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2 Liver and Gastroenterology Diseases Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
3 Medical Philosophy and History Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
4 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran

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Date of Web Publication24-Apr-2013
 

How to cite this article:
Etemadi J, Somi MH, Ardalan MR, Shoja MM, Ghabili K. Author's Reply. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2013;24:588-9

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Etemadi J, Somi MH, Ardalan MR, Shoja MM, Ghabili K. Author's Reply. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 2013 [cited 2022 Dec 7];24:588-9. Available from: https://www.sjkdt.org/text.asp?2013/24/3/588/111075
To the Editor,

We would like to thank Drs. Alavian and Einollahi for their kind interest in our paper. In our published article, [Table 1] clearly presented the patients' data about the history of vacci­nation against hepatitis B; 268 of 412 patients were vaccinated with a response rate of 40.5%. [1] Moreover, as routinely performed in our local hemodialysis centers, the patients were checked for HBsAg and anti-HBs, anti-HBc and anti­hepatitis C virus antibodies on admission (i.e., prior to the first hemodialysis), and every three to six months thereafter.
Table 1: Characteristics of Tabrizian hemodialysis patients according to hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAG) status.

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The authors totally agree with Drs. Alavian and Einollahi on the conclusion of transfusion as not being a risk factor for acquiring the HBV infection in our study. Being highlighted in the results section, this important finding was based on insignificant differences between HBsAg-positive and HBsAg-negative patients in terms of the history of previous transfusions as well as the number of blood transfusions. [1] In other words, these findings point to the effectiveness and importance of isolation me­thods used for HBsAg-positive patients in our hemodialysis center. [2]

Altogether, lack of significant association bet­ween the studied risk factors and HBV infec­tion in our study, except for the risk of war injury as a dialysis-independent risk factor, ab­sence of new seroconversion cases to HBsAg positivity during the hemodialysis and consis­tence of the observed prevalence of HBV in­fection in our study (~3%) with that in the general population, led us to propose that the risk of HBV infection among hemodialysis pa­tients is probably a dialysis-independent factor. [1],[3]

 
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1.Etemadi J, Somi MH, Ardalan MR, Hashemi SS, Soltani GG, Shoja MM. Prevalence and risk factors of hepatitis B infection among hemodialysis patients in Tabriz: A multicenter report. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2012; 23(3):609-13.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.Toosi MN, Larti F, Seifei S, Abdollahi A. Prevalence of viral hepatitis in hemodialysis patients in Tehran, Iran. J Gastrointestin Liver Dis 2008;17:233-4.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.Alavian SM, Hajarizadeh B, Ahmadzad-Asl M, Kabir A, Bagheri-Lankarani K. Hepatitis B virus infection in Iran: A systematic review. Hepat Mon 2008;8:281-94.  Back to cited text no. 3
    

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Correspondence Address:
Jalal Etemadi
Chronic Kidney Disease Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz
Iran
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