Seroconversion after Hepatitis B vaccination in chronic kidney disease patients on maintenance hemodialysis: Does diabetes affect seroconversion response?

  • Nikhil Victor Dsouza Department of Internal Medicine, Kasturba Medical college, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
  • Smitha Bhat Department of Internal Medicine, Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Manjunath Kulkarni Department of Nephrology, Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Keywords: Diabetes, CKD, dialysis, hepatitis B, vaccination, titres , seroconversion


Background and aims: Patients of chronic kidney disease (CKD) on maintenance haemodialysis (MHD) have a higher prevalence of Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is preventable by vaccination, however the seroconversion response is less effective in patients of CKD. Since diabetes is an important cause of CKD, this study aimed to compare seroconversion rates after Hepatitis B vaccination in normal individuals, patients with non-diabetic CKD (NDCKD) on MHD    & patients with diabetic chronic kidney disease (DCKD) on MHD. We also aimed to determine whether an association existed between seroconversion rates & duration of diabetes.


Materials & methods: This was a case control study conducted on the following subjects who had completed the Hepatitis B immunisation schedule - normal subjects, patients with NDCKD stage 5 and patients with DCKD stage 5 on MHD. Anti-HBS levels were measured in the three groups and seroconversion rates were measured & compared.


Result: Of 132 subjects ,44 each were normal controls, NDCKD, and DCKD on MHD. 100%  of normal individuals seroconverted . Among the subjects on MHD, more NDCKD (72.7%)  seroconverted when compared to DCKD (52.3% - p value – 0.048). Non-responders had   diabetes for more than 10 years.


Conclusion: among patients on MHD, those with DCKD have lower rates of seroconversion compared to those with NDCKD. Older age, less dialysis, and longer duration of diabetes adversely influenced seroconversion.

How to Cite
Dsouza, Nikhil Victor, Smitha Bhat, and Manjunath Kulkarni. 2022. “Seroconversion After Hepatitis B Vaccination in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients on Maintenance Hemodialysis: Does Diabetes Affect Seroconversion Response?”. Romanian Journal of Diabetes Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases 29 (2), 160-66.