Table 1

Factors potentially associated with HBV and/or HCV infection in haemodialysis centres in Libya
Factors potentially associated with HBV±HCV infection Sero-positive N=831 Sero-negative N=1551 P- value
Number* Value Number* Value
Age in years (mean± SD) 831 47.1±14.4 1551 49.5±16.2 <0.001
Males (number and percent) 831 494 (59.4%) 1551 887 (57.2%) 0.296
Whites (number and percent) 805 718 (89.2%) 1528 1312 (85.9%) 0.023
Dialysis vintage in years (median and IQR) 831 6 (3–10) 1551 2 (0.1-3) <0.001
Previous blood transfusion (number and percent) 597 482 (80.7%) 1010 688 (68.1%) <0.001
Number of blood transfusions (median and IQR) 597 2 (1–3) 1010 1 (0–3) <0.001
Previous renal transplant (number and percent) 822 115 (14.0%) 1533 41 (2.7%) <0.001
Previous dialysis abroad (number and percent) 617 376 (60.9%) 1025 540 (52.7%) 0.001
Previous dialysis in another Libyan centre (number and percent) 612 324 (52.9%) 1018 447 (43.9%) <0.001
Haemoglobin level in g/dl (mean± SD) 831 10.2±1.9 1551 9.7±1.8 <0.001
Alanine Aminotransferase in IU/L (mean± SD) 269 27.8±20.2 353 19.6±17.9 <0.001
Aspartate Aminotransferase in IU/L (mean± SD) 232 29.6±21.1 328 21.3±20.3 <0.001
Diabetes (number and percent) 831 195 (23.5%) 1551 551 (35.5%) <0.001
Erythropoietin treatment (number and percent) 604 450 (74.5%) 1059 830 (78.4%) 0.071

*Number of patients with valid data for each variable.

Alashek et al.

Alashek et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2012 12:265   doi:10.1186/1471-2334-12-265

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