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PAFMJ. 2016; 66(6): 918-921


FREQUENCY OF HEPATITIS B VIRUS AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN ATTENDING MILITARY HOSPITAL RAWALPINDI

Rabiah Anwar, Kashif Razzaq, Ayesha Imran.

Abstract
Objective: To determine the frequency of hepatitis B viral markers among pregnant women attending Military Hospital Rawalpindi.
Study Design: Cross sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Military Hospital Rawalpindi from Feb 2013 to Jul 2013.
Material and Methods: A total of 9149 pregnant ladies were inducted in our study by non-probability convenient sampling in the Department of Gynae/Obs, Military Hospital Rwp during the study period and were tested for Hepatitis B surface antigen by enzyme linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA).
Results: The mean SD age of the study group was 27.5 3.24 years. Frequency of hepatitis B surface antigen in pregnant ladies was 4.69%.
Conclusion: The frequency of hepatitis B infection is quite high in pregnant women in Pakistan therefore proper screening of HBV and management programs must be introduced in all pregnant women attending ante natal clinics.

Key words: Hepatitis B surface antigen, Pregnant ladies.



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