Low prevalence of hepatitis G virus antibodies in glomerular diseases

Cengiz K., Günaydin M., Bedir A., Pekbay A.

Nephron, vol.79, no.4, pp.472-473, 1998 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 79 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000045095
  • Journal Name: Nephron
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.472-473
  • Keywords: Glomerular diseases, Hepatitis G virus
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


A possible agent for human non-A-E hepatitis has been identified and named hepatitis G virus (HGV). HGV is also a flavivirus, and the clinical characteristics and risk factors of HGV infection may be similar to those of hepatitis C virus infection. Hepatitis C virus infection may manifest as a primary glomerulonephritis. The aim of this study is to evaluate the prevalence of serum HGV RNA in 98 adult patients with biopsy-proven glomerular diseases. We found that only 3 patients (3%) out of 98 with primary glomerulonephritis had HGV RNA. One of 59 (1.7%) healthy controls was serum HGV RNA positive (p > 0.05). The prevalence of serum HCV RNA was low in the patients with primary glomerulonephritis.