The primary objective is to assess the prevalence and genotypes of HCV infection in
thalassemia major and thalassemia intermediate patients who have received blood transfusion
in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital.
The secondary objective is to identify the effect of HCV infection as well as the risk
factors of advanced liver disease and liver cirrhosis in these patients
The third objective is to identify the role of serum HA level and fibrotest in the prediction
of cirrhosis in these patients.