Prevalence of autoantibodies in patients with hepatitis C virus infection in Oman

A. Alnaqdy*, A. Alfahdi, M. Alkobaisi, G. Z. Kaminski

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Background: HCV genotype patterns and HLA types in the Omani population may be unique. Subjects and Methods: Tests for 12 different autoantibodies were carried out on 50 HCV-infected patients and on 27 HCV-seronegative controls. An immunoassay for the detection of anti-HCV antibodies was performed on patient and control sera. HCV PCR was carried out on those sera which were positive for HCV antibodies. Results: All patients' sera were positive for HCV antibodies and all control sera were negative. Sixty-six percent of patients were positive for at least one autoantibody. In contrast, only 33% of the controls showed positivity for one or more autoantibodies. Conclusion: This study found a significant difference in the prevalence of autoantibodies between patients and controls, and between organ- and non-organ specific autoantibodies among the patients. A comparison with autoantibody patterns reported for HCV-infected patients in other parts of the world suggest that patterns in HCV-infected individuals in the Omani population are unique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-131
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Saudi Medicine
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Anti-HCV antibodies
  • Autoantibody
  • Autoimmunity
  • Hepatitis C virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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