Surgery: A possible risk for hepatitis C in Turkey. (A case control study)

Tankurt E., ELLİDOKUZ E. B., Akbaylar H., ŞİMŞEK İ. E., Gonen O.

Marmara Medical Journal, vol.10, no.2, pp.87-90, 1997 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Journal Name: Marmara Medical Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.87-90
  • Keywords: Hepatitis C, Surgery, Transmission
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: This study aims to investigate surgical intervention as a risk factor for HCV infection. Methods: Eighty eight HCV positive cases and 182 HCV negative controls were compared with regards to history of operation and transfusion. Results: History of surgical intervention was present in 51 (57.9%) in case group and 78 (42.8%) in control group. The odds ratio was 1.79 (p < 0.05). Most frequent types of operation were gynecologic operation, apendectomy, and heart or lung operations. Conclusion: These results suggest that surgery may be a risk for transmission of HCV in Turkey.