HCV is short form of Hepatitis C virus which affects liver and will adversely affect the life of a dialysis patient.
It is most commonly transmitted through blood transfusion and dialysis equipment.
Of late it has become a major burden to dialysis population.
Apart from reducing the life span of dialysis population it is associated with reccurent hospitaliations and poor performance of dialysis patients.
It also adversely affects graft function post transplantation.
This shows the stressing need for complete seperation of HCV positive patients from HCV negative dialysis patients.
Another virus of such type is the HBV which also needs attention.
Fortunately HCV and HBV can be treated in atleast a few patients who are otherwise fit for treatment and unfortunately some donot respond to treatment.
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