Hepatitis C: is there a case for universal screening in pregnancy?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/136973
Title:
Hepatitis C: is there a case for universal screening in pregnancy?
Authors:
Martyn, F; Phelan, O; O'Connell, M
Affiliation:
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Coombe Women & Infant's University Hospital, Dolphin's Barn, Dublin 8. f_martyn@yahoo.com
Citation:
Hepatitis C: is there a case for universal screening in pregnancy? 2011, 104 (5):144-6 Ir Med J
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
May-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/136973
PubMed ID:
21736090
Abstract:
Hepatitis C (HCV) is not routinely screened for antenatally in all maternity hospitals. Most hospitals adopt a policy of targeted screening. The policy in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in Dublin changed from targeted screening in 2006 to universal screening in 2007. We audited the two consecutive years. The prevalence of HCV in our antenatal population was 1.4% for 2006 (67/4666) when targeted screening applied and in 2007--0.71% (66/9222) when universal screening came into affect. One woman in 2007 would not have been detected by targeted screening--1.49% (1/67). Fifty five percent (37/67) of women were HCV-RNA positive in 2006 and 57.5% (38/66) were positive in 2007. We conclude that there were similar detection rates for HCV in 2006 and 2007 and that universal screening is not required if inclusive criteria for selective screening are employed but is of use in research context.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0332-3102

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMartyn, Fen
dc.contributor.authorPhelan, Oen
dc.contributor.authorO'Connell, Men
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-26T13:10:19Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-26T13:10:19Z-
dc.date.issued2011-05-
dc.identifier.citationHepatitis C: is there a case for universal screening in pregnancy? 2011, 104 (5):144-6 Ir Med Jen
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102-
dc.identifier.pmid21736090-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/136973-
dc.description.abstractHepatitis C (HCV) is not routinely screened for antenatally in all maternity hospitals. Most hospitals adopt a policy of targeted screening. The policy in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in Dublin changed from targeted screening in 2006 to universal screening in 2007. We audited the two consecutive years. The prevalence of HCV in our antenatal population was 1.4% for 2006 (67/4666) when targeted screening applied and in 2007--0.71% (66/9222) when universal screening came into affect. One woman in 2007 would not have been detected by targeted screening--1.49% (1/67). Fifty five percent (37/67) of women were HCV-RNA positive in 2006 and 57.5% (38/66) were positive in 2007. We conclude that there were similar detection rates for HCV in 2006 and 2007 and that universal screening is not required if inclusive criteria for selective screening are employed but is of use in research context.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.titleHepatitis C: is there a case for universal screening in pregnancy?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Coombe Women & Infant's University Hospital, Dolphin's Barn, Dublin 8. f_martyn@yahoo.comen
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen
dc.description.provinceLeinster-

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