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Chronic hepatitis C infection (HCV) is a major public health problem affecting more than 71 million patients worldwide including more than 3.5 million patients in the United States.1 With the introduction of direct acting antiviral agents (DAAs), it is now possible to cure hepatitis C infection even in patients with advanced fibrosis, cirrhosis and HCV […]

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Epidemiology. Recent data from the U.S. Cancer Statistics registry show that hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) continues to rise albeit at a slower rate recently (4.5 percent increase annually from 2000 to 2009, and 0.7 percent from 2010 to 2012). Men between 55 and 64 years of age, Hispanics and, at state-level, Texans, are the most commonly […]

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Over 240 million people in the world are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV). In many infected individuals, initial infection leads to clearance (defined as the loss of surface antigen [HBsAg]). Some HBsAg negative individuals remain HBV DNA positive (i.e., occult HBV) and others have HBV DNA in the liver but are serologically cleared. […]

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Combination direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy of eight to 24 weeks for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C is highly effective. Current guidelines do not encourage treatment for less than 12 weeks. However, mounting evidence indicates that many patients can achieve sustained virologic response (SVR) with only eight weeks of treatment. Thus, treatment for shorter durations […]

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The advent of direct acting antivirals (DAAs) in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection has been revolutionary in that they have drastically mitigated the side effects of therapy while enhancing efficacy relative to interferon-based therapy. DAAs are broadly categorized into the NS3/4A protease inhibitors, NS5A inhibitors, and the non-nucleoside and nucleotide NS5B inhibitors. Ribavirin, […]

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Evidence from a few randomized trials and multiple observational studies supports performing a liver ultrasound every six months as part of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) surveillance in patients with hepatitis C virus-related cirrhosis (HCVc). Although the possibility of using other technical modalities is tempting, there are concerns regarding radiation exposure and cost. Use of multiphase computed […]

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The availability of highly efficacious and tolerable all-oral direct acting antiviral (DAA) regimens for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in 2014 was met with a mix of joy and relief among both HCV providers and chronically infected patients. Finally we could do away with the low cure rates and toxicities associated […]

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The prevalence of hepatitis C (HCV) in dialysis patients is higher than that of the general population, ranging from 1.8 to 8 percent in developed countries, with much higher rates in the developing world. Its prevalence correlates with the number of patient-years on dialysis. HCVinfected patients on maintenance dialysis experience increased mortality compared to uninfected […]