Presence and significance of TT virus in Danish patients on maintenance hemodialysis

T. Boysen, J. K. Christensen, C. D. Madsen, J. Eugen-Olsen, Laurids Siig Christensen, H. Møller-Sørensen, A. Weber, S. D. Ladefoged, K. Krogsgaard

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    Objectives: To determine the prevalence of TT virus (TTV) in a population of Danish hemodialysis patients and evaluate possible relations between TTV infection and elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and hypo-response to treatment with erythropoietin (EPO). Material and Methods: Patients on maintenance hemodialysis at a single center were invited to participate. Demographic and clinical data were registered. Blood samples for virological and routine biochemical tests were drawn simultaneously. TTV DNA was detected using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). TTV viral load was estimated by means of semi-quantitative PCR. All patients were tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and GB virus C. Results: Of 252 patients, 204 (80.9%) gave their written informed consent to participate in the study. The prevalence of TTV was 68% and 50% of TTV-positive patients had a high TTV viral load. TTV-positive patients were significantly older than TTV-negative patients (p = 0.011). No relations were found between TTV infection and elevated levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or CRP or hypo-response to EPO treatment. The mean hemoglobin concentration was 11.24 +/- 1.48 g/dl. Patients with a high TTV viral load had a lower level of hemoglobin (10.86 +/- 1.47 g/dl) than the others (p = 0.01). This trend suggested a positive relation between TTV infection and the number of blood transfusions. A restriction fragment length polymorphism assay suggested that patients were infected with different TTV strains. Conclusions: TTV is common in patients on maintenance hemodialysis. The presence of TTV is associated with increasing age. Patients with a high TTV viral load had lower levels of hemoglobin than the others. TTV infection is not related to elevated levels of ALT or CRP or to hypo-response to EPO treatment.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalScandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)259-264
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


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