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Gorriz JL, Miguel A, Garcia-Ramon R, et al.

Prevalence and risk factors for hepatitis C virus infection in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients

Nephrol Dial Transplant (Jun) 11:1109-1112 1996

Hepatitis C has a high prevalence in hemodialysis patients, and while blood transfusion remains an important cause, there is mounting evidence that nosocomial spread does occur in hemodialysis units. In this paper Gorriz et al. found an 11% prevalence of HDCN in a CAPD population using a second generation ELISA assay. Most of the patients with hepatitis C infection either had previous hepatitis or had previous blood transfusions. The conclusion of the paper is, that CAPD can be considered a low risk procedure in terms of hepatitis C infection, although no corresponding prevalence data for hemodialysis patients in the unit is presented.
(John T. Daugirdas, M.D., University of Illinois at Chicago)

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