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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 104-106

The prevalence of hepatitis b virus in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma in gombe, north eastern Nigeria


1 Departments of Medicine, College of Medical Sciences, Universitv of Maiduauri, PM. B. 1069, Maiduauri, Nigeria
2 Departments of College of Medical Sciences, Universitv of Maiduauri, PM. B. 1069, Maiduauri, Nigeria

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S K Mustapha
Departments of Medicine, College of Medical Sciences, Universitv of Maiduauri, PM. B. 1069, Maiduauri
Nigeria
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The seropositivity for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) was tested in 68 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) to assess the association between hepatitis B virus and hepatocellular carcinoma. Of the 68 patients, 44(64.7%) were positive for HBsAg. The highest prevelance rate (76.2%) was found in the 40 - 90 years age group , and the highest incidence of HCC was also found in the same age group . The patients were predominantly males (M:F;2:1). There was, however, no significant difference in the prevalence rates of HBsAg between male and female HCC patients. This study confirms that hepatitis B virus is associated with most cases of HCC in our environment.


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