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      Prevalence of Antibodies to Hepatitis C Virus in Hemodialysis Patients

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          Due to frequent parenteral contact with blood transfusions hemodialysis patients are prone to acquire hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. To determine the role of HCV infection we investigated the prevalence of antibodies to HCV in 188 hemodialysis patients. The prevalence of antibodies to HCV was 7.4%. As compared to anti-HCV-negative patients, anti-HCV-positive patients had slightly elevated transaminases which were independent of the presence of markers for hepatitis B virus infection. We conclude that HCV infection is common among dialysis patients.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1991
          1991
          11 December 2008
          : 59
          : 2
          : 236-238
          Affiliations
          Departments of Gastroenterology and Nephrology, University of Heidelberg, FRG
          Article
          186557 Nephron 1991;59:236–238
          10.1159/000186557
          1659672
          © 1991 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 3
          Categories
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          Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

          Chronic hepatitis, Hemodialysis, Anti-HCV

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