Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation

: 2010  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 358-

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Mohammed Al-Jamal 
 Al-Barha St., Irbid, Jordan

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Mohammed Al-Jamal
Al-Barha St., Irbid

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To the Editor,

We thank for the interest and comments by Prof. S-M Alavian regarding our article about the prevalence of Hepatitis C Virus in hemo­dialysis patients. [1]

Regarding the use of erythropoietin, we agree that its use has significantly decreased the post­transfusion complications including HCV infec­tion and we agree that this was not mentioned in our study, however, regarding the adherence to universal precautions, we have mentioned in brief that all units included in the study were required to strictly and equivocally adherent to these precautions.

Regarding the duration on hemodialysis, as shown in Table 4, the prevalence of HCV in pa­tients dialyzed for more than 2 years was 46% as compared to only 11% in those dialyzed for less than 2 years (P value <0.05), predicting the role of duration as a factor in acquiring HCV infection in HD, but we agree that this issue needs further evaluation and dividing the patients into other subgroups to prove the role of duration on HD as an independent risk fac­tor is also important.

Regarding number of dialysis sessions and HBsAg status, we believe that these are im­portant data which is better to be mentioned and we will take it into consideration in our future studies.

We would like to thank again for the interest in our article and look forward in identifying the risk factors and decreasing the serocon­version of our hemodialysis patients.


1Al-Jamal M, Al-Qudah A, Al-Shishi KF, Al­Sarayreh A, Al-Quraan L. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in hemodialysis patients in the south of Jordan. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2009;20(3):488-92.