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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 70-74

Assessment of hepatitis B and hepatitis C status in children with chronic kidney disease

Department of Pediatrics Nephrology, Dhaka Shishu (Children) Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Dr. Jannat Ara
Department of Pediatrics Nephrology, Dhaka Shishu (Children) Hospital, K-321, Road-15, South Banasree Project, Khilgaon, Dhaka 1219,
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DOI: 10.4103/pnjb.pnjb_13_21

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Background: Children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are immunocompromised and they are more prone to develop hepatitis B and hepatitis C virus infections. Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the status of hepatitis B and hepatitis C in children with CKD. Study Design: This was a cross-sectional study. Study Setting and Period: This study was conducted at the Department of Pediatrics Nephrology, Dhaka Shishu (Children) Hospital, from February 2019 to July 2019. Study Population: Children aged 6 months–18 years with the diagnosis of CKD participated in the study. Materials and Methods: A total of 35 purposively selected patients with CKD were enrolled. Thorough history, physical examination, and necessary investigations were done. CKD staging was done by using the revised Schwartz formula. All 35 patients were in CKD stages 3–5. They were divided into three groups: CKD stage 3–4; CKD stage 5 pre-hemodialysis (pre-HD); and CKD stage 5 maintenance HD. Then hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), anti-hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV), and hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) titer were assessed in all patients and compared between the groups. Analysis was done by the analysis of variance (ANOVA) and t test. A value of P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: The study revealed that all 35 patients were negative for HBsAg and anti-HCV. Anti-HBs antibody titer in 25.7% patients were 00 mIU/mL, in 40% patients <10 mIU/mL, in 20% patients 10–100 mIU/mL, and in 14.3% patients >100 mIU/mL. Majority (65.7%) of the patients had no protection (titer 0–<10 mIU/mL) against hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and seen declining of anti-HBs antibody titer with increase of age in the study population. No significant difference of antibody titer was found in between gender, cause of CKD, different stages of CKD, and duration of the disease. Conclusion: In this study, all patients with CKD were negative for HBsAg and anti-HCV. Patients were negative for HBsAg. However, majority (65.7%) of patients show no protection against HBV infection.

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