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Abstract - Pegylated Interferon/Ribavirin dual therapy in patients with chronic Hepatitis C: results of 323 cases
Aynur Atilla, Emel Duyar, Fatih Bostancı, S. Sırrı Kılıç

Aynur Atilla,

Eğitim ve Araştırma Hast. Enfeksiyon Hastalıkları ve Klinik Mikrobiyoloji Kliniği, Samsun, Türkiye

Pegylated Interferon/Ribavirin dual therapy in patients with chronic Hepatitis C: results of 323 cases

ABSTRACT

Objective: The combination of pegylated interferon-α (PEG-IFN) and ribavirin has become a mainstay in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC). We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of this treatment in patients with CHC, while considering new approaches.

Methods: A total of 323 patients with CHC underwent PEG-IFN and ribavirin combination treatment from the 3 centers (2 in Ordu and 1 in Samsun provinces) in Middle Black Sea region between the years of 2003-2013.

Results: Of the patients, 208 (67%) were female and had a mean age 54 ± 10 years (median: 54; 19-70). Genotyping was performed in 163 patients, and 161 patients (98.8%) revealed genotype 1. Sustained virologic response (SVR) and the end of treatment response rates were 58.3% and 75.6%, respectively. In patients with rapid virological response, the SVR rate was 85.1%, whereas in patients with a HCV RNA level less than 800,000 IU/ml, the SVR rate was 71.2%. The SVR rates were found to be higher in patients who developed hypothyroidism, which was statistically significant (p = 0.03). The most frequent side effect was anemia, followed by thrombocytopenia, fatigue, and loss of appetite.

Conclusion: Presently, PEG-IFN/ribavirin is still an option in the treatment of certain patient populations even after the consideration of newer treatment methods. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2015;5(4): 151-155

Aynur Atilla, Eğitim ve Araştırma Hast. Enfeksiyon Hastalıkları ve Klinik Mikrobiyoloji Kliniği, Samsun, Türkiye, Pegylated Interferon/Ribavirin dual therapy in patients with chronic Hepatitis C: results of 323 cases, Aynur Atilla, Eğitim ve Araştırma Hast. Enfeksiyon Hastalıkları ve Klinik Mikrobiyoloji Kliniği, Samsun, Türkiye J Microbiol Infect Dis 2015;5(4): 151-155 doi: 10.5799/ahinjs.02.2015.04.0196

Volume 05, Number 04 (2015)

Volume 05, Number 04 (2015)