Clinical Course and Outcome of Eleven Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients with COVID-19 in Iraq Clinical Course and Outcome of Eleven Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients with COVID-19 in Iraq

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Hayder Aledan
Safa G. Mezban
Mohammed Fawzi Albadran
Jawad Ibraheem Rasheed
Muhammed Al Atbee
Hassanein Alkhammas


COVID-19, Hemodialysis, Dialysis Unit, Mortality Rate


Background and objectives: SARS-CoV-2 may affect the hemodialysis population as well as be possibly associated with their higher mortality rate. The objectives of the study were to describe the clinical presentations, assess laboratory markers, and risk factors for mortality.

Methods: This was an observational single-center retrospective study of two hemodialysis units in Basra from May 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020.

Results: Among the 11 patients, four (36.4%) died. Compared to the survivors, non-survivors had significantly longer dialysis vintage (16 ± 14.7 vs 9 ± 5.2; P = 0.048) and lower day 10 lymphocyte count (3.75 ± 0.96 vs 9.4 ± 5.6; P = 0.036). Age and laboratory parameters were not associated with the increased hazard risk for death.

Conclusions: The SARS-CoV-2 infection in hemodialysis units was linked with a high mortality rate.

Keywords: COVID-19, Hemodialysis, Dialysis Unit, Mortality Rate.

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