LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2010 | Volume
: 21 | Issue : 2 | Page : 357--358
Hepatitis C in hemodialysis patients needs more attention for control and review the risk factors
Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Baqiyatallah Research Center for Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, P.O. Box 14155-3651, Tehran, Iran
Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Baqiyatallah Research Center for Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, P.O. Box 14155-3651, Tehran
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Alavian SM. Hepatitis C in hemodialysis patients needs more attention for control and review the risk factors.Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2010;21:357-358
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Alavian SM. Hepatitis C in hemodialysis patients needs more attention for control and review the risk factors. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 2010 [cited 2022 Jan 17 ];21:357-358
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To the Editor,
We read with great interest the published article by Al-Jamal et al  about hepatitis C infection (HCV) in hemodialysis patients in a region in Jordan. I agree with the authors about the importance of HCV infection in hemodialysis patients,  but some points need clarification. The prevalence of HCV infection among dialysis patients varies markedly from country to country and among dialysis centers within a single country.  The authors found the similar data, but it would have been better to discus more about the use of erythropoietin, universal precautions, health care services and number of nurses to the patients in the centers.
The results in the study confirm that duration of dialysis more than two years and number of transfusion as risk factors for higher prevalence of HCV compatible with other studies, , however, the duration of hemodialysis may indirectly reflect the number of blood transfusions given, it was not clear if the time on hemodialysis was indeed an independent risk factor. Interestingly, 32% of their hemodialysis patients did not have history of blood transfusion and evaluating this group separately would have been more informative in terms of duration or sessions per week as a direct risk factor for HCV.
Finally there are many recommendations for better control of HCV infection in hemodialysis patients  which needs to be mentioned. Universal infection control precautions are the keystone in prevention of nosocomial HCV transmission in hemodialysis patients, nevertheless isolation measures by providing care in a separate section of the unit prevented seroconversion. ,
The authors should also have mentioned about the number of hemodialysis sessions per week and HBsAg status in their population.
Hemodialysis centers must be aware of new HCV infections to review their practices and increase their vigilance. The public health authorities should be alert about the prevalence and incidence of HCV infection in their countries' hemodialysis patients in different cities, so that changes can be proposed and the risks of infection among patients can be assessed. Implementation of surveillance system and strict follow up of infection control measures in hemodialysis are the only means to control the seroconversion rate among the hemodialysis units.
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