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Titolo:
Hepatitis C infection among drug addicts
Autore:
Shawky, S; Ghabrah, TM; Abalkhail, BA; Soliman, NK;
Indirizzi:
King Abdulaziz Univ, Dept Community Med Primary Hlth Care, Fac Med & Allied Hlth Sci, Jeddah 21413, Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz Univ Jeddah Saudi Arabia 21413 Jeddah 21413, Saudi Arabia
Titolo Testata:
SAUDI MEDICAL JOURNAL
fascicolo: 11, volume: 20, anno: 1999,
pagine: 877 - 881
SICI:
0379-5284(199911)20:11<877:HCIADA>2.0.ZU;2-M
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
VIRUS-INFECTION; BLOOD-DONORS; VERTICAL TRANSMISSION; HIGH SEROPREVALENCE; EASTERN PROVINCE; SAUDI-ARABIA; RISK-FACTORS; PREVALENCE; GENOTYPES; ANTIBODY;
Keywords:
drug addicts; Hepatitis C Virus;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Clinical Medicine
Citazioni:
38
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Shawky, S King Abdulaziz Univ, Dept Community Med Primary Hlth Care, Fac Med & Allied Hlth Sci, POB 21413, Jeddah 21413, Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz Univ POB 21413 Jeddah Saudi Arabia 21413 Arabia
Citazione:
S. Shawky et al., "Hepatitis C infection among drug addicts", SAUDI MED J, 20(11), 1999, pp. 877-881

Abstract

Objective: To assess the prevalence of Hepatitis C Virus infection among drug abusers, identify the possible associated risk factors and recognize the characteristics of Hepatitis C Virus positive drug addicts in order to conclude possible health strategies for this category of patients. Drug addicts are prone to develop Hepatitis C Virus infection that can spread concealed to the population. Method: Structured questionnaires were copied from the files of patients hospitalized in Jeddah Al-Amal Hospital during March/April 1998. Results: Striking high prevalence of Hepatitis C Virus infection was seen among drug addicts and accounted for 63.9%. Intravenous route users were attriple risk to develop Hepatitis C Virus infection (P<0.05). Heroin addicts were also at triple risk to develop Hepatitis C Virus infection but results were just at level of significance. Alcohol consumers and jobless drug addicts were at higher risk; of Hepatitis C Virus infection but results did not reach statistical significance. Hepatitis C Virus infected drug rue addicts showed a significantly higher mean ALT and mean number of relapses than Hepatitis C Virus negative addicts. Conclusion: Drug addicts are at tremendous risk of Hepatitis C Virus infection. National health educational programs, directed to the population, aremandatory. Hepatitis C Virus screening should be routinely done to all drug addicts. Assessment of liver functions for all Hepatitis C Virus positivedrug abusers are crucial and the liver condition of the patients should betaken in consideration during the detoxification therapy.

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