Prevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen among hemodialysis patients from Middle Eastern countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis


خلاصه: Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the overall prevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) among hemodialysis patients reported from the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the WHO (EMRO) countries and the Middle East. Methods: Several databases such as PubMed, ISI Web of Science, MEDLINE and Scopus were searched for publications reporting HBsAg prevalence among hemodialysis patients up to December 2016. Results: From all the samples, the pooled prevalence of HBsAg was estimated (95% CI) to be 4.4% (4.4–4.5%). Conclusion: The prevalence of HBsAg in hemodialysis units in the Middle Eastern countries is decreasing over the recent years. Nevertheless, it is