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Table 1 Based-line characteristics and comparison of hemodialysis patients cultured versus not cultured for VRE colonization- Shiraz; 2005

From: Prevalence of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci colonization and its risk factors in chronic hemodialysis patients in Shiraz, Iran

  Total VRE No VRE P value
- Patients 146 9 137 -
- age (years), median (range) 50 (18–81) 50 (18 – 81) 57 (24 – 72) 0.389
- Gender, male: female 67:79 5:4 74:63 1.000
- Underlying kidney disease     1.000
   - Diabetes mellitus 43 (29.5%) 3 (33.3%) 40 (29.2%)  
   - Hypertension 64 (43.8%) 4 (44.4%) 60 (43.8%)  
   - Others 39 (26.7%) 2 (22.2%) 37 (27%)  
- Duration of dialysis (months), median (range) 18 (1–168) 18 (1 – 168) 15.5 (6 – 64) 0.758
- Frequency of dialysis, median (range) per month 12 (4–12) 12 (4 – 12) 8 (8 – 12) 0.486
- Serum albumin concentration (mg(dl), median (range) 4.2 (2.6–5.4) 4.2 (2.6 – 5.4) 4.3 (3.5 – 5) 0.572
- Motility status     0.213
   - Normal 112 (76.7%) 5 (55.6%) 107 (78.1%)  
   - Limited 34 (23.3%) 4 (44.4%) 30 (21.9%)  
- Antibiotic consumption during previous 2 month 2 (1.4%) 2 (22.2%) 0 (0%) 0.003
- Hospitalization during previous year 10 (6.8%) 3 (33.3%) 7 (5.1%) 0.016