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Hepatitis C virus infection in patients on maintenance dialysis

Marion Muche, MD
Seema Baid-Agrawal, MD
Section Editors
Steve J Schwab, MD
Martin S Hirsch, MD
Adrian M Di Bisceglie, MD
Deputy Editors
Alice M Sheridan, MD
Allyson Bloom, MD


Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is common and associated with significant morbidity and mortality among dialysis patients.

This topic reviews HCV infection among dialysis patients, including epidemiology, screening, and prevention.

The treatment of HCV infection among patients with reduced renal function, including those on dialysis, is discussed elsewhere. (See "Treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection in adults with renal impairment", section on 'Severe renal impairment or dialysis'.)

General issues related to HCV infection among transplant kidney donors and recipients and recurrent or de novo HCV-related renal disease in transplant recipients are discussed elsewhere. (See "Hepatitis C virus infection in kidney donors" and "Hepatitis C infection in kidney transplant candidates and recipients".)


HCV infection is more common in dialysis patients than in healthy populations. The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) reported an overall prevalence of 13.5 percent among adult hemodialysis patients randomly selected from 308 dialysis facilities in developed countries (France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States) [1]. This is compared with a reported global prevalence of approximately 3 percent in the general population. (See "Epidemiology and transmission of hepatitis C virus infection", section on 'Global distribution'.)

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