Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hepatitis Weekend News

Research Results from A.M. Alqaraawi and Co-Authors Update Knowledge of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus
According to a study from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, "Hepatic steatosis in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients has been shown to enhance the progression of liver fibrosis and decrease the response to antiviral therapy. We aimed to determine the role of HCV genotype 4 (HCV-G4) in the prevalence of hepatic steatosis, its impact on antiviral therapy, and its associations and predictive factors in comparison to HCV-G1-infected patients."

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The researchers concluded: "The grade of steatosis correlates with GGT, platelet count, and BMI, while the NAS score of steatosis correlates with response to antiviral therapy."
Alqaraawi and colleagues published their study in Digestive Diseases and Sciences (Prevalence and Impact of Hepatic Steatosis on the Response to Antiviral Therapy in Saudi Patients with Genotypes 1 and 4 Chronic Hepatitis C. Digestive Diseases and Sciences, 2011;56(4):1222-1228).
For more information, contact A.A. Abdo, King Saud University, College Medical, Dept. of Medical, POB 2925 59, Riyadh 11461, SAUDI ARABIA.

Publisher contact information for the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences is: Springer, Van Godewijckstraat 30, 3311 Gz Dordrecht, Netherlands.
Keywords: City:Riyadh, Country:Saudi Arabia, Region:Asia, Chronic Hepatitis C Virus, Digestive System Diseases, Flaviviridae Infections, Gastroenterology, HCV, Hepatitis Viruses, Hepatology, Human Hepatitis, Infectious Disease, Liver Diseases, RNA Viruses, Viral, Virology
This article was prepared by Hepatitis Weekly editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2011, Hepatitis Weekly via
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American Journal of Public Health
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