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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 167-170

Study of incidence of hepatitis C virus infection in hemodialysis patients

1 Department of Microbiology, GSL General Hospital, Rajahmundry, India
2 Department of Microbiology, ASARM, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of Nephrology, ASARM, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, India

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

DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.149499

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The present study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection by antibody testing in hemodialysis (HD) patients. A total of 102 chronic renal failure patients on HD was studied. All the patients were tested for antiHCV. The overall prevalence of HCV infection was 23.5%. The longer a patient is on HD, the more susceptible he/she is to HCV acquisition. 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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