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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-22

Study of incidence of hepatitis C virus infection in hemodialysis patients

1 Department of Microbiology, GSL General Hospital, Rajahmundry, Andhra Prdaesh, India
2 Department of Microbiology, ASRAM, Eluru, Andhra Prdaesh, India
3 Department of Nephrology, ASRAM, Eluru, Andhra Prdaesh, India

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Pragati Chigurupati
Departmnet of Microbiology, GSL General Hospital, Rajahmundry, Andhra Prdaesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.128424

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Introduction: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD) is an emerging condition and constitutes a major problem complicating the dialysis process in dialysis units world-wide. Aim: The present study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of HCV infection by antibody testing in hemodialysis patients. Materials and Methods: A total of 102 chronic renal failure patients on HD were studied. All the patients were tested for anti-HCV antibodies. Results: The overall prevalence of HCV infection was 23.5%. The longer the patient is on HD the more susceptible he/she is to HCV acquisition. Conclusion: It is recommended that HD patients should be monitored in order to determine the full risk factors for HCV contamination observed in this study.

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