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Hepatitis C virus infection among Greek renal transplant patients.
  1. I Vafiadis,
  2. J Boletis,
  3. H Papastathi,
  4. J Delladetsima,
  5. C Stathakis,
  6. A Hatzakis,
  7. A Kostakis,
  8. G Vosnides
  1. 1st Department of Prop Medicine, Laiko General Hospital, Athens University Medical School, Greece.

    Abstract

    In this study, the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among renal transplant recipients was high, directly proportional to the haemodialysis time before transplant and inversely proportional to the time after this. There was evidence of previous infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV), and a high prevalence of abnormal liver function tests. Virus induced chronic hepatitis lesions were rare, probably as a result of immunosuppression.

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